June 25th 1950, the not so famous Korean War started. It lasted for 3 years even though we had just gained our independence from the Japanese in 1945.
Heartbreaking, isn’t it? The small country, Korea, came together as one and fought for our own freedom and finally got it, yet a spark ignited within and the once united nation quickly became a bloody battle field.
But why? After 35 years under the Japanese, you would expect Korea to be stronger.
Sit back and don’t relax because I am about to do what I am best at: being blunt.
So what had happened? It first started before we gained our independence. We had been fighting and rebelling for about 30 years and was so close to gaining our independence when a small town in Japan got blown up by an atomic bomb. And instead of us earning the thing we were fighting for, we were given it.
I don’t mean to sound like an “ungrateful bitch”. Trust me, I appreciate the great help America gave. It just would have been so much better if we were able to earn our independence with our own strength and power.
That’s not a big issue, though. How were they to know that Korea was almost there? The real problem started when America felt like Korea owed them something. When the Soviet Union and America came into Korea and started treat us like their children, at first, it wasn’t bad; it was with a good intention. The two countries treated us like their children. But children have to do things for their parents whether it’s big or small: do the laundry, set the table, bring them a cup of water, and so forth.
And the two “parents” were getting a divorce. America and the Soviet Union disagreed with each other and fought in front of their child, in front of Korea. We were already doing everything the two required of us and now they were fighting. Terrified, the people of Korea scattered to who seemed more right, who seemed more strong; some stuck with the Soviet Union and others stuck with America.
Today, adults of Korea have different opinions about America. Many say that America is our ancestor. Many others disagree. You can see why, right?
But that’s not all because America is not Korea’s ancestor.
With their own greed, the Soviet Union and America made the Koreans turn their back on each other. There was the communist side and the democracy side and the “weak” Koreans who supposedly owed them the world were forced to choose a side.
Why couldn’t America have taken the fight else where? Why couldn’t the two countries just fight by themselves away from the land that already had experienced so much pain? Just… why?
Because of America, Korea went through a war that was not ours in the first place. Because the big powers fought, we were dragged into the fight as well. Because of all that, Korea is now a divided country that has halves that couldn’t be more different.
Without the so-called help of America, Korea would have managed one way or another. We would have eventually gained our own independence, we would not have had to go through a bloody war, and we would not be divided into two.
I know I may sound like an ungrateful bitch, but is it bad to think that?
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