The three-year conflict that raged the entire length of the Korean peninsula between June 1950 and July 1953 is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.” That’s ironic because two major consequences of that indecisive war— which cost the United States some 40,000 dead and billions of dollars—greatly shape today’s dangerous world. One consequence is the nuclear capability of the maniacal North Korean regime. The other is China’s emergence as a world military and economic power.
Yet beyond perhaps recalling that North Korea attacked South Korea, few Americans today know who really started the Korean War, why the conspirators engineered the attack, and what was behind the United States’ response.
The truth is that the countless dead on all sides of the Korean War—military and civilian—were mere pawns in a geopolitical game created and played by Communists in thrall to collectivist-statist dogmas that sought world domination, aided and abetted by American politicians.
· Josef Stalin had a major interest in keeping Mao Tse-tung from a rapprochement with the United States, while appearing to support the Chairman’s goal of “liberating” Formosa (now Taiwan).
· Mao Tse-tung, for his part, did entertain the possibility of a rapprochement with the United States, while simultaneously planning to liberate Formosa.
· Kim Il-sung wanted to unify Korea under a Communist dictatorship, with himself at the top of the heap.
· Harry Truman schemed to use a war in Korea to force Congress into funding worldwide containment of the Soviet Union.
As my Monograph explains, among these four strange bedfellows there was more than enough culpability to go around.
The role played by each of these four, is the Korean War’s “rest of the story,” exposure of which is owed mainly to Professor Richard C. Thornton’s masterful Odd Man Out, Truman, Stalin, Mao, and the Origins of the Korean War.
My Monograph is available, at no charge, HERE.