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128,690.  How is it that the Korean War escaped the protests which surrounded the war in Vietnam?  Everything we’ve come to love and cherish about Vietnam had its forerunner in Korea: the support of a corrupt tyranny, the atrocities, the napalm, the mass slaughter of civilians, the cities and villages laid to waste, the calculated management of the news, the sabotaging of peace talks.  But the American people were convinced that the war in Korea was an unambiguous case of one country invading another without provocation.  A case of the bad guys attacking the good guys who were being saved by the even better guys …  William Blum, Killing Hope: US Military & CIA Interventions Since World War I 



116,040.  The United States is invading Korea; as US sailors and marines approach the shore and attempt a daring assault landing, Korean guns open fire and blast the American force.  But this is not the Korean war of the 1950s, the year is 1871.  (Empire US & Foreign Relations US & War & Korea)   In Search of History s4e1: America’s Forgotten Wars, History 1999



29,273.  Some 3-4 million Koreans lay dead.  (United States & Empire US & Korea)  Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States V: The 50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World



94,742.  Military spending nearly quadrupled shortly after, on the pretext that the invasion of South Korea was the first step in the Kremlin conquest of the world - despite the lack of compelling evidence, then or now, for Russian initiative in this phase of the complex struggle over the fate of Korea.  (South Korea & Korea & Cold War)  Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy



78,355.  The Korean War broke out in 1950 and was described by the journalist James Cameron as a prep-school for Vietnam.  It was a racist war and many correspondents were under instructions to play down the suffering of the Korean people.  Instead, the war was reported by and large like the world war that had proceeded it – as a boys-own annual sage of good versus evil.  John Pilger, Frontline – In Search of Truth in Wartime



78,356.  There are certain facts and stories from Korea that editors and publishers have printed which were pure fabrication.  Many of us who sent the stories knew they were false but we had to write them because they were official releases even though the people responsible knew they were true.  Robin C Miller, editor United Press



78,358.  Over the scene of silent desolation crept a reassuring smell that immediately took me back to Sunday dinners in Britain.  The smell of roast pork, for that’s what a Napalmed human being looks like.  Rene Cutforth, BBC, dispatch never used



78,359.  The prisoners are roped and manacled.  They are compelled to crouch in pools of garbage.  They clamber into trucks with a numb air of men going to their death; many of them are.  James Cameron, correspondent Picture Post with photographer Bert Hardy



78,360.  Korea and Vietnam were torn up like rags into half-communist half-capitalist countries.  And became the playing field for phoney war games between the bankster super-powers.  The lives of 4,000,000 Korean civilians and 33,000 American soldiers were sacrificed in the Korean war, bringing the banisters another step closer to world domination.  (Korea & Vietnam & Empire US)  Ring of Power



78,361.  All of North Korea is a jail.  Kim Y Sam



78,362.  I’ve been arguing this for months.  This is not our war.  This is not a war we should be in.  Australia’s better spending its time negotiating with North Korea.  John Hewson



78,363.  I shall make that trip.  I shall go to Korea.  Dwight D Eisenhower



78,364.  The 38th Parallel: still a world divided.  Hostility and land mines continue to separate the ever watchful North and South Koreans.  Secrets of War: Korea


78,365.  Both Stalin and Mao wanted to end the war before the nuclear threat was issued.  ibid.


78,366.  A permanent peace treaty was never agreed to.  ibid.



78,367.  Korea was partitioned at the 38th Parallel by the Soviet Union and United States at the end of World War II.  Secrets of War: Korea – Stalin’s Secret Air War


78,368.  Air power was the only available option.  Then Truman committed at MacArthur's recommendation.  ibid.


78,369.  Within ninety days South Korea was restored to its status before the invasion.  ibid.


78,370.  Stalin did not live to see the results of the secret war he’d begun three years earlier.  ibid.



102,545.  In North Korea one American experienced the Cold War like no other.  An outsider isolated in the most inaccessible anti-American country in the world.  (North Korea & Korea)  North Korea: Crossing the Line, BBC 2006


102,546.  In 1962 a US soldier sent to guard the peace in South Korea undertook an extraordinary journey.  At the height of the Cold War he deserted his unit, walked across the most heavily fortified area on Earth and defected to an alien communist state: North Korea.  The existence of an American defector living in the heart of the Cold War enemy was denied for decades by the US and North Korean governments.  A coveted star of the propaganda machine this man has ingratiated himself.  (North Korea & Korea)  ibid.


102,547.  ‘I never regretted it … I feel at home.’  (North Korea & Korea)  ibid.


102,548.  The Korean War … had never ended.  The Armistice had established a demilitarised zone, a DMZ 2.5 mile deep buffer filled with land mines.  (North Korea & Korea)  ibid. 


102,549.  Private Abshier’s defection in May 1962 was the first by an American since the Korean war … Three GIs had now defected to the communists in 18 months: Abshier, Dresnok, Parrish … In January 1965 Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins … took his M14 rifle to North Korea.  (North Korea & Korea)  ibid.



115,838.  Korea: An ancient mountain kingdom.  A land divided by conflict.  But in the natural world there is another side to Korea.  In the south are pockets of untouched wilderness, rich habitats, with extraordinary creatures, and spectacular natural events.  A place where nature and mankind have lived in harmony for centuries.  This is Korea.  (South Korea & Korea)  South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness, BBC 2018


115,839.  In the central region are lush temperate forests.  Further south, these give way to fertile wetlands.  (South Korea & Korea)  ibid.  



104,009.  In 1953 after a brutal war Korea lay divided between the Capitalist South backed by the Western powers and the Communist North under Kim Il-Sung allied to the Soviet Union and China.  The two sides were left facing each other across the most heavily armed border in the world.  Locked in a tense military stand-off, they began to compete by other means.  (North Korea & Korea & Kidnap)  North Korean Kidnap: The Lovers and the Despot, Storyville, BBC 2017, caption 



116,228.  Korean September 1950: In Korea the Cold War is heating up.  The communist North’s invasion of the South challenges the newly formed UN, forcing its leaders to draw lines in the sand.  Edge of War s1e2: MacArthur’s Great Gamble, 2012  


116,229.  The covert operation that helped take an army by surprise, the counterstrike that exploded the Korean War.  ibid.


116,230.  Within two months the UN force is completely cornered in Pusan in the bottom of the peninsula.  ibid.


116,231.  Operation Chromite: To launch a counter-attack and cut the North Korean army off from their supply lines, selecting the port of Inchon … The spy and his team working behind military lines.  (Korea & Operations)  ibid. 



118,675.  1910: Japan colonises the country … decades of suffering are about to begin.  (Dictator & Totalitarianism & North Korea & Korea)   Dictators Rulebook s1e1: Kim Il-sung, National Geographic 2018


118,676.  By 1948 the Soviets are convinced Kim has a firm hold on the country and they begin to pull out.  (Dictator & Totalitarianism & North Korea & Korea)  ibid.


118,677.  Kim invades South Korea … a major miscalculation.  (Dictator & Totalitarianism & North Korea & Korea)  ibid.



120,480.  100,000 Americans and countless allies in Korea and Vietnam were killed by our own technology.  Nothing less.  (Korea & Vietnam)  Anthony Sutton, lecture 1973 National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviety Union



121,600.  The demilitarised zone divides the Korean peninsula into North and South at the 38th Parallel.  The armies of both sides face each other along the border.  This stand off has continued since the end of the Korean War in 1953.  It’s a precarious balance of power that’s often been threatened.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  The Kim Dynasty, 2018


121,601.  North Korea’s transformation into a nuclear power should come as no surprise: they’ve been working towards this goal for decades.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


121,602.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was proclaimed in 1948.  In June 1950 North Korea invaded the South.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


121,603.  The fighting dragged on for three years and killed an estimated 2.5 million.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid. 



131,510.  North Korea: a highly militarised state dominated by one family for half a century.  The product of a conflict reinforced by nuclear threat that still endures today.  It began with the Korean War fought between 1950 and 1953.  A war that left a deep ideological and physical division between North and South and reverberated across the world.  Nearly 70 years on, this unresolved conflict continues to pose a serious threat to America and her allies.  The Korean War was one of the bloodiest chapters in the country’s history.  A civil war that nearly ignited World War III.  It took the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers and millions of Koreans.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea & World War III)  Korea: The Never Ending War, BBC 2019


131,511.  The 38th Parallel was simply a line on a map.  It followed no physical features … ‘It was a 30-minute decision.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,512.  The Japanese defeat in World War II ended their occupation of Korea, a history narrated by the brutal subjugation of the Korean people.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,513.  He [Rhee] was elected president of South Korea in 1948.  To consolidate his authority, Rhee crushed political dissent killing thousands of communist guerrillas.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,514.  Kim quickly solidified his power and amassed a formidable army.  By 1949 Kim had burnished his image as supreme leader, creating the myth of the fearsome guerrilla fighter who single-handedly defeated the Japanese.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,515.  In May 1950 Kim travelled to China to meet Mao.  By the summer of 1950 Kim Il-sung was ready to invade the South, assuring Mao he would be greeted as a liberator, and take the peninsula in a matter of days.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,516.  Atrocities were being committed on all sides.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,517.  ‘All the high American officers had been heroes of World War II … These were people who were famous.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,518.  July 1953 The Forgotten War: ‘Most of us when we came back really felt like we had not accomplished much.  The American people generally, most of ‘em, really didn’t even know where we’d been.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea & War)  ibid.  US soldier


131,519.  The war was far from over.  There was no official peace treaty.  Thousands of POWs awaited repatriation.  And continuing tensions forced President Eisenhower to commit thousands of troops along the border.  The world had lost interest in events in Korea, but the luxury of not forgetting the war was not possible for Koreans.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.


131,520.  July 8, 1994: A God Dies - But His Dream Lives On: Kim Il-sung died.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.