North Korea has been in the news and the country is speculating on the outcome of the US-North Korean mash-up…..but where did all this begin?
I have been asked “why do the North Koreans hate us so much?”
An excellent question and most of it stems from a situation 67 years ago……most call it the Korean War. Most Americans know that the North attacked the South….the US was caught napping but regained the footing and took the battle to the North.
A war that began in 1950 and fought for several years until a standstill was achieved and a ceasefire was signed and the hostilities stopped by the hatred went on and on….
But they hate because of that war…….
“WHY DO they hate us?”
It’s a question that has bewildered Americans again and again in the wake of 9/11, in reference to the Arab and Muslim worlds. These days, however, it’s a question increasingly asked about the reclusive North Koreans.
Let’s be clear: there is no doubt that the citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) both fear and loathe the United States. Paranoia, resentment and a crude anti-Americanism have been nurtured inside the Hermit Kingdom for decades. Children are taught to hate Americans in school while adults mark a “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” every year (it’s in June, in case you were wondering).
This is a war that our history books have neglected for too long……another look at the war and its dark side……
Of course, the hundreds of thousands of soldiers China sent to save its North Korean ally played a decisive role in that outcome, but the Korean People’s Army itself put up a formidable fight against the much more powerful United States and its allies. The KPA inflicted considerable casualties in a blitzkrieg-like assault through the south and quickly seized huge swaths of territory, compelling the United States to implement a scorched-earth policy that inflicted a tremendous death toll.
The war was stopped but the words of hostility never ceased……