904 – Wonder why North Korea hates the USA?

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circa 1950: An elderly woman and her grandchild wander among the debris of their wrecked home in the aftermath of an air raid by U.S. planes over Pyongyang, the Communist capital of North Korea. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

In this podcast episode of Vietnam Veteran News we are going to take look at something every Vietnam Veteran hates and that is war. We all had enough of it back in the day and we do not relish the thought of doing it again especially if that war involves the destruction of America cities and population.

The drums of war are rolling again. This time it is in North Korea. Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is doing and saying some things that indicate he is willing and rapidly preparing to attack the US mainland with nuclear tipped ICBMs.

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Mehdi Hasan

Here we sit in the US fat, dumb and happy wondering why would someone want to do such a terrible thing to us. A quick review of history with North Korea since 1950 will help one discover the reason why. There is an excellent and eye opening blog post in the website theintercept.com title: Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason — They Remember the Korean War that was submitted by Mehdi Hasan. It fills in a few of the blanks in the US relationship with the little hermit country on the Korean peninsula .

In 1950 North Korea loosed a “Pearl Harbor” attack on its southern Neighbor South Korea. The North poured across the 38th parallel and took the whole country except for the Pusan perimeter. In the face of a rising tide of world Communism we could not let that stand so with the approval of the UN the US led a military coalition that after three years of hard fighting restored status quo along the 38th parallel. The war was brought to a halt with armistice agreement, not a peace treaty. So technically we are still at war.

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U.S. troops bring in North Korean prisoners of war, Oct. 7, 1950.

In the process of restoring the status quo, the US led coalition dropped on the Korean peninsula more bombs, 662557 tons, than during the entire Pacific campaign against the Japanese during World War II? They also participated in several unpleasant like the No Gun Ri massacre and the Bodo League massacre.

Inside North Korea, according to leading Korea scholar Kathryn Weathersby, “it is still the 1950s … and the conflict with South Korea and the United States is still going on. People in the North feel backed into a corner and threatened.”

Despite how the North Koreans feel about the terrible consequences they experiences as  a result of a war they initiated, they are not justified in their desire to do damage to this country. If they are not careful they may experience even more dire consequences than they endured 70 years ago.



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