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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Some thoughts on the 60th anniversary of the Korean (한국) War

The Wichita Eagle article continues the same tired old cold war propaganda tirades:

As the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War comes today, the Korean Peninsula remains in limbo. To the south of the DMZ is a modern, democratic state, while to the north is a totalitarian regime that let as many as 2 million people die of famine in the 1990s rather than open itself to the world.

Naturally there are some other views on the Korean War. From the Kasama Project:

Sixty years ago, the U.S. army continued to occupy southern Korea, five long years after Japan had been defeated. It was clear to the whole world that the U.S. did not intend to leave Korea, but had instituted its own colonial occupation in the place of the Japanese. And it was also clear that this forward basing of U.S. troops was intended as a foothold on the mainland of Asia — a military threat to the new revolution in China.
On June 25, 1950, war broke out on the Korean peninsula as newly formed armies of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea engaged and drove back the U.S. occupiers. A bitter three-year war had started.
This is the story about a historic and unprecedented U.S. defeat — the first direct confrontation between a triumphant U.S. imperialism and the new revolutionary forces they were fighting to contain.
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From the Central News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea:

DPRK Committees Release Joint Statement on 60 Years after Korean War
Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea, the National Peace Committee of Korea and the North Headquarters of the Nationwide Special Committee for Probing the Truth behind the GIs' Crimes made public a joint statement on June 24 as regards the lapse of six decades since the U.S. imperialists provoked the Korean War.
The statement said that the last Korean War was an aggression war ignited by the U.S. with its satellite countries and south Korea to stifle the young DPRK in its cradle and realize its wild ambition for world domination. It was also a war of massacre against the Korean nation unprecedented in the world history of wars, it noted, and went on:
During the war the U.S. imperialist ogres used even germ and chemical weapons against the Korean people in wanton violation of international law and even hatched a plot to drop an atomic bomb.
Due to the shuddering brutalities of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces, millions of innocent people met death and the whole territory of the northern half of Korea turned into such debris during the war that not a single house and a full brick could be found.
Branding the U.S. imperialists as blood-thirsty murderers, heinous war fanatics and aggressors without parallel, the statement further said:
More than half a century has passed since the U.S. imperialists signed the Korean Armistice Agreement, with their knees bent before the army and people of the DPRK. But the U.S. has not only committed vicious moves to provoke a new war but desperately stood in the way of improving the inter-Korean relations and achieving reunification while interfering in the internal affairs of the Korean nation and disturbing the process for improving relations even after the war.

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