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What were the origins of the Korean War and what were the lessons learned or unlearned Following World War II tensions in the form of a Cold War between American and Democratic allies and the Soviet and Communist allies mounted As part of the terms of the surrender of the Axis powers Japan lost its colony of Korea This colony was then divided along the 38th parallel Thus North and South Korea were born Russia would control North Korea which was led by communist Kim Il Sung A conservative nationalist Syngman Rhee with the help of the UN remained in control of South Korea It can be said that the Korean War was a result of global diplomatic conflicts between the Communist and Democratic governments However contrary to the prevailing view of the 1950s North Korea actually invaded its Southern counterpart without consulting the Soviet Union or China a militant move independent of its future allies In response to this attack Truman offered a continuation of his containment policy to a special UN conference All in all 19 countries became involved in the war on South Koreas side with the United States pledging a majority of the troops in the fighting Soviet Russia quickly aided North Korea with weapons and troops that in return was complemented by a number of volunteer Chinese who crossed over the border during the fighting Throughout the war the borderline between the two Koreas would fluctuate just as often as would a seesaw but eventually an armistice would be called when the border remained just slightly above the 38th parallel in which it would become stationary The installment of two adversary governments in the same original country in such close proximity to each other probably was not the smartest of the post-war terms of surrender A number of lessons were learned from the Korean War For one the United States learned some modesty After subsequent wins in the
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