North Invades South
April 25th, 1972, North Vietnam ground forces are pushing hard to break the back and the morale of the people of South Vietnam.
Known as the Easter Offensive, North Vietnam came perilously close to splitting the south in two by dividing it across the Central Highlands.
More than 120,000 North Vietnam soldiers divided their forces to gain control of three major cities, Kontum, Quang Tri, and An Loc, located just 65 miles north of Saigon. It was a bitter battle and although surrounded in most centres, South Vietnam was able to hold on long enough to prevent a complete take over.
Three years later, despite 20 years of concentrated military support by the United States including the loss of almost 60,000 soldiers, the capital of Saigon fell April 30th, 1975, to communist forces and was renamed Ho Chin Minh City.
From 1910 to the end of World War II, Korea was ruled by the Japanese. To defeat the Japanese the United States agreed to take the southern part of the country while Russia would invade and conquer the north.
After the war, the world powers agreed the two areas (north and south) would remain divided. From there forward, each country headed in an entirely different direction.
North Korea wanted to remain tightly controlled by traditional communist values. The South embraced capitalism and the American way of life.
After 70 years the difference between them is stark.
North Korea remains a small impoverished and isolated nation while south Korea is wealthy and has the backing of the United states.
The resentment between the two sides is stronger today than it was fifty years ago. For the North that resentment includes the USA.
Many people back in the Untied States seem unconcerned about the recent developments in North Korea. People say,
“Even if they have a nuclear weapon, they are on the other side of the world.”
North Korea is a country with an unpredictable leader who believes Korea, all of Korea should be under his rule. His country watched closely as North Vietnam eventually beat the Americans and forced them to flee South Vietnam, you just have to know North Korea are wondering if they can do the same.
It would be a serious mistake if we do not to think North Korea is not a tinder box waiting to be ignited.
Even worse would be for us to to underestimate the consequences such a conflict will have on this side of the planet..
The irregular and unpredictable temperament of President Trump is as scary as that of Kim Jong-un. Two unpredictable leaders both angry, both armed.
In your journalforlife, take 5 minutes to reflect on this situation.
Will the unpredictable nature of the two men help keep the other offside, to afraid to try anything? Or is there a high probability America will soon be in yet another war?
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“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” –Leo Tolstoy
“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” –Donald Trump
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” –Sun Tzu
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