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  • 1. Or How the ColdWar BecameVery Hot in aVery COLD Place
  • 2.  In the KoreanWar, the ColdWar became “hot” (fighting took place) without the US and the USSR actually fighting each other.
  • 3.  When the Japanese were defeated at the end ofWorld War II, the Korean Peninsula was freed.  Korea was divided along the 38th Parallel.  The northern half became North Korea (communist) while South Korea was democratic.
  • 4.  A week ago, a student asked how wars begin.  The KoreanWar is a good example.  It began in 1950 as North Korea invaded South Korea to unite the Korean peninsula as a communist state.
  • 5.  Out of fear of the “domino theory,” PresidentTruman sent American troops to help South Korea.  North Korea received military aid from China and the Soviet Union.
  • 6.  The North Koreans, with aid by China, were soon overrunning American and South Korean forces.  American military leader, Douglas MacArthur, hero ofWorldWar II, began leadingAmerican troops and soon reversed the losses and actually pushed all the way into China. At that point, he was fired!
  • 7.  Fearing a global war betweenAmerica and the Soviet Union/China, a cease- fire was signed in 1953.  Korea remained divided at the 38th parallel.  No actual peace treaty was ever signed.