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TIGHT ROPE
WITH MODESTO P. SA-ONOY
OPINIONS

Korean War

Tightrope

I hope that by the time this column comes out North Korea has decided to forego with its plan to weekly test missile launch and taunt or test the credibility of the warning of President Donald Trump.

Observers expected that the North Koreans will test on two holidays: April 15 which is the birthday of their founder Kim Il Sung and then on April 25, the founding date of the North Korean Army.

The missile fired last week failed; will the second be fired next week and will that succeed? The scenario is full of speculations, including from religious groups that fear the fulfillment of the “Warning” of the Garabandal apparitions. Check with your Google for more information about the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in 1965 and about the Warning.

For its short duration of less than three years, the Korean War was the bloodiest in modern history. That conflict was the first test of the Cold War - the extent to which the world powers after World War II would go to war on ideological grounds. The Garabandal apparitions can provide a good link to this war. In fact the Korean War that came earlier than Garabandal, can be considered a foretaste of the Warning.

Garabandal warned that the detente (before this word came into the English vocabulary) was deceptive. The communist had never abandoned their plan for world conquest. The former allies - Russia, China and the United States - fought the “proxy war” in Korea. This war became the precursor of other pocket wars all over the world, including the Philippines. The communist insurgency in the Philippine is such a war and like the Korean War continues with respites now and then. The pattern is apparent.

The Korean War began when the communist north invaded the south by crossing the 18 th parallel, the geographic line established by the Allied Power after the defeat of Japan. Korea was a Japanese colony and the Allies did not want the communists to dominate the south which opted to become a democracy. Both sides, however, wanted a unified Korea but under what regime?

The US backed the south; Russia and later China when it became a communist state in 1949, supported the north.

There were skirmishes and raids coming from one side to the other to the extent that the United Nations, organized just five years earlier, tried to stop the conflict but the south was weaker, its military lacked the discipline and capability to fend off the north for long. The US, fearing a communist take over and conscious of the international intents of the communist - world dominion - called on the UN to end the war.

The UN ordered cessation of the conflict and for both side to honor the demarcation line. But the north was winning and was closing in on the south. It was a matter of time and the entire Korean peninsula would become communist. The fear of the “domino effect” - one state falling under communism after another - prompted the US to get a UN sanction for the allies to intervene in a “police action.”

Since it was UN intervention, the Philippines sent a token battalion, the 10 th Battalion Combat Team, under Colonel Salvador Abcede who commanded the Negros guerrillas. Abcede was sent to the US in 1945, before WW II ended, to train for the planned invasion of Japan.

Despite the UN force composed of democratic government troops, the North Koreans advanced, taking most of the country south of the 38 th Parallel, and already at the gates of Seoul, the capital of the south.

The North Korean gains were mainly due to the reinforcement of Chinese regular troops. It was no longer a local war; it has involved a country without the sanction from the UN.

The Americans saw the expansion of communism and the beginning of the “domino effect.” The fall of Korea must be prevented, the communists stopped before they engulfed Asia and the Pacific.

US President Harry Truman directed General Douglas MacArthur, the Allied Supreme Commander in the Pacific who was overseeing the rehabilitation and reformation of Japan, to command a United Nations force. MacArthur landed in Inchon, behind the communists and push the communist back to China.

The communist had to agree to an armistice and go back to their side of the peninsula. The Korean War is thus still going on.*

           

 

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