A discussion on the U.N. intervention in Korea as a cover for U.S. anti-communism.
This paper examines how on the 25th June 1950, North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel and began their invasion of the south. It looks at how the U.S. was initially able to intervene due to the resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council and how it can be argued that the nature of the U.N. intervention extended beyond the desire to protect a country that was being invaded, but was ideological, based more upon the U.S. feeling of anti-communism.
“The Soviet development of the atomic bomb in 1949 heightened the suspicion felt on behalf of the US, believing their weapons monopoly to be over, fearing the military might of communism and Russia. The monopoly had been military and diplomatically valuable to the US, allowing the US to maintain their superiority against the numerically superior Soviet Union. As a result, Truman and the US government were pressurized into undertaking a tougher stance in their dealings with communist advances and developments, and therefore the Korean conflict provided the perfect opportunity to show this, under the legitimacy of the UN.”