Korean And Vietnam Wars Essay

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     The Korean War would be a radical step in fighting wars, as well as the feelings people had toward the war. All wars in American History fought before the Korean War were based on either national survival or the gain of territory. A strong conflict was created between the Soviet Union and the United States. From this conflict, tension was so strong that wars were fougt in the midst of this Cold War. The Korean War was the first America ever waged that was not fought for national survival, for territory, for manifest destiny or for hegemony. Korea was the first ideological war;" (Coppel, 505).

     For example the American revolution was based on national survival. The people
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The United States joined the war effort in order to defend their country at first, then we continued the war. The Korean and Vietnam wars were the next two wars in American History. They were not fought for either national survival or for a gain in territory. These two wars were unique in that they were fought over a belief in politics rather than the traditional reasons the United States had fought wars in the past.

     The Korean began in the middle of the Cold War. The war was fought as a result of North Korea invading the South. "Large movements of troops, tanks. ordnance and ammunition to the border areas were reported. This was not suspected as a threat of war because it was thought to be a normal aspect of cold war behavior;" (Ridgway, 14). When America joined the war under command of General MacArthur, they made a great push North. When they were close to the Yalu River they were orderd to stop and turn around. "United States forces were ordered to turn around when they were in visual distance of the Yalu river;" (Knox, 439). When China learned of the the position of the Americans they joined the war and pushed to Americans back to the thirtyeighth parallel.

      When China entered the Korean war, the United States had much control over the land around the Yalu River. The main objective of China was to eliminate the