The Korean War was a clear victory for the USA. It was fought to protect a democratic country from totalitarianism and to contain the global ambitions of the Soviet Union. Victory in Korea saved Japan and other Asian countries from communism. It also signalled the USA’s and its allies’ resolve to resist the expansionism of Stalin’s Russia. The nature of the contemporary North Korean regime and the success of South Korea as a thriving democratic nation give it further legitimacy. After the Second World War, the USA had committed itself to protecting the ‘free peoples’ of the world and it had shown that it was able to do so.
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