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Old June 27th, 2006, 05:08 AM   #1

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Truman orders US forces to Korea


On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea. The United States was undertaking the major military operation, he explained, to enforce a United Nations resolution calling for an end to hostilities, and to stem the spread of communism in Asia. In addition to ordering U.S. forces to Korea, Truman also deployed the U.S. 7th Fleet to Formosa (Taiwan) to guard against invasion by communist China and ordered an acceleration of military aid to French forces fighting communist guerrillas in Vietnam.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 11:36 PM   #2
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Some interesting things about Korea.
South Korea was not democratic during the Korean War. It only became a true democracy in 1987. Before that, it had a rather unstable political history of being ruled by authoritarian and military leaders at different times from 1945-1987.
The first President, Syngman Rhee was more like a dictator than a democratic president. He actually called for the invason of North Korea and the unification of Korea by force, before North Korea invaded. Though, South Korea didn't really have the capability of a succesful invasion of the North.

Also, North Korea outperformed South Korea, economically until the 1970's.
In 1960, South Korea was among the poorest countries in the world. Today I think it is the 12th richest.
South Korea had a nuclear weapons program in the 1970's and 1980's but the US made them abandon the program. Though in 2000, it was found out that the South Koreans did enrich a small amount of unranium.
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Old November 9th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #3

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Its funny to me that our allies aren't asked to take away weapons, but everyone else is.
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