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Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason — They Remember the Korean War.

Posted by Martin C. Fox on May 21, 2017

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/03/why-do-north-koreans-hate-us-one-reason-they-remember-the-korean-war/

For the record, it was the North Koreans, and not the Americans or their South Korean allies, who started the war in June 1950, when they crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the south. Nevertheless, “What hardly any Americans know or remember,” University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings writes in his book “The Korean War: A History,” “is that we carpet-bombed the north for three years with next to no concern for civilian casualties.”

How many Americans, for example, are aware of the fact that U.S. planes dropped on the Korean peninsula more bombs — 635,000 tons — and napalm — 32,557 tons — than during the entire Pacific campaign against the Japanese during World War II?

How many Americans know that “over a period of three years or so,” to quote Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, “we killed off … 20 percent of the population”?

How many Americans are taught in school about the Bodo League massacre of tens of thousands of suspected communists on the orders of the U.S.-backed South Korean strongman, President Syngman Rhee, in the summer of 1950? Eyewitness accounts suggest “jeeploads” of U.S. military officers were present and “supervised the butchery.”

You didn’t learn any of this in government school. There is a reason for that.

NK suspected they were to be invaded by a US backed SK army.  The CIA already begun their program of coups and assassinations in other Communist or Communist leaning SE Asian countries. The North Korea was acting preemptively.

Sound familiar?

People in that part of the world have longer memories than US.  I am guessing their having lived our foreign policy helps in that regard.

Seventy years of CIA foreign policy in action. Here is hoping we survive it.

Be seeing you

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