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The Role of Canada in the Korean Conflict

            On July 25, 1950, the North Korean Peoples' army crossed the 38th parallel invading the country of South Korea, with the aid and support of the U.S.S.R. and the People's Republic of China.1 The Canadian armed forces aided in the UN effort to retake the invaded land by military force.2 Many Canadians feel that the conflict did not affect Canada at all, and thus we should not have been involved, and lost lives for it. Canada's role and actions in the Korean war were justified. This is because communist forces were committing war crimes as they invaded, communism has many negative consequences and today we know South Korea is much better off because of our actions. .
             If the North Koreans had seized South Korea, then communism would have spread, many negative consequences would have then ensued. The communist government of North Korea had many ties to Stalin`s Russia.3 Stalin alone was responsible for 20 million deaths, with some estimates as high as 80 million4, so he would have no problem with helping to eliminate any right-wing politicians, groups or people in South Korea that opposed his, and North Korea`s thoughts on communism. As well as the impending economic disaster coming years later. In most communist countries, the economy is alway bad; and does nott recover or collapses entirely. Communist countries like Laos, North Korea and Cuba all have very poor and weak economies5. In the case of the U.S.S.R, the country went completely bankrupt in 19916. This would cause a reasonable assumption that the South and North Korean communist economies would suffer the same fate. If we did not intervene, we would then allow the spread of communism; and perhaps mass genocide in result of the forced conversion to communism and economic disaster for the country.
             Today we have the ability to see what may have happened to the South Korea, if the North Korean communist government took control of South Korea.

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