June 25, 2015

Today in History: Korean War begins (1950)

John RobsonResident Historian

On June 25 of 1950 -- “625” as it’s known in South Korea -- the Stalinist North Korean regime launched a savage and unprovoked attack that nearly overran the South.

Ultimately the United States, along with Britain, Canada, Australia and others, managed to stem the tide and rescue South Korea.

But the war only happened because American authorities willfully discarded the lessons of the coming of World War II just five years after that conflict ended.

It is astounding how resistant democracies are to the simple truth that weakness encourages aggression.

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commented 2015-07-01 19:12:39 -0400
Thank you for drawing our attention to this part of our history.
commented 2015-06-29 02:37:34 -0400
JT the trust fund kid who is Liberal leader only because of his last name, hasn’t learned any history, let alone its mistakes. If he should ever become Prime Minister, it will be an unmitigated catastrophe for Canada and the rest of the free world.
commented 2015-06-26 04:58:23 -0400
Thanks once again John for your ability to “remind us” of history and the consequences of not confronting aggression in its early stages… How many combatants have been lost by the Western World because of politicians not acting decisively when evil first reared its head? During my student days in the 60s I worked at a bar in Honey Harbour, Ontario with a veteran of the RCR who had served in Korea, and a Hungarian who had fled during the 1956 revolt. As a “D.P. boy” whose parents had fled Latvia in 1944, we made an interesting trio. We would often talk late into the night… The common theme we often returned to was the unnecessary loss of life caused by politicians trying to “tap-dance” past a looming crisis. Let’s hope that NATO’s decision this week to re-assert its presence in Eastern Europe will avert history being repeated yet again…
commented 2015-06-25 21:29:50 -0400
Thank you for that John Robson, I did learn from your presentation.
Fraser McBurney I like your historical analyses. I keep wondering, Quebec dominates Cdn politics. It gets preferential treatment in Parliament, the Senate, and the Judiciary. Add to this the countless C$billions/trillions(?) Quebec has received from the RoC in Transfer/Equalization Payments. Are these Reparation payments for the Battle on the Plains of Abraham? Remind me, again, who won that one.
commented 2015-06-25 13:31:06 -0400
According to the bright lights at the Pentagon, North Korean aggression against South Korea would not be possible because all their paper estimates showed that a highly militarized N.K. did not have a cast in stone three times army size and logistics advantage over S.K. Which is all that matters when it is what politicians want to hear. The fact that the existing South Korean Army in being was almost in the same class as a rifles and pistols only colonial police force in some American controlled banana republic required no need for a valid comparison because Syngman Rhee was just a “warmongering loudmouth dictator” according to the leftists of the day.
It is interesting how no anticommunist American ally is ever pure enough to pass muster with leftists while monsters Like Mao and assorted N.K. leaders are just “agrarian reformers” not dealt with as the mass murdering criminals they really were and are. Also the American leftist influenced record for eventual betrayal of allied leaders in the third world ever since Chiang Kai-Shek is very close to 100 %.

This link is quite illuminating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf3HWMq_sJ4
commented 2015-06-25 13:28:30 -0400
1759 Isle aux Coudres Quebec – James Wolfe 1727-1759 nears Quebec with 8,500 men and a fleet of 168 ships commanded by Admiral Charles Saunders c1715-1775.
1758 Louisbourg Nova Scotia – James Wolfe 1727-1759 finally silences Louisbourg’s Island battery after six days of bombardment; opened fire on the 19th from Lighthouse Point; all external batteries now secure
commented 2015-06-25 13:12:57 -0400
On this day in 1876, Native American forces led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in a bloody battle near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.

Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, leaders of the Sioux tribe on the Great Plains, strongly resisted the mid-19th-century efforts of the U.S. government to confine their people to reservations. In 1875, after gold was discovered in South Dakota’s Black Hills, the U.S. Army ignored previous treaty agreements and invaded the region. This betrayal led many Sioux and Cheyenne tribesmen to leave their reservations and join Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in Montana. By the late spring of 1876, more than 10,000 Native Americans had gathered in a camp along the Little Bighorn River–which they called the Greasy Grass–in defiance of a U.S. War Department order to return to their reservations or risk being attacked.

In mid-June, three columns of U.S. soldiers lined up against the camp and prepared to march. A force of 1,200 Native Americans turned back the first column on June 17. Five days later, General Alfred Terry ordered Custer’s 7th Cavalry to scout ahead for enemy troops. On the morning of June 25, Custer drew near the camp and decided to press on ahead rather than wait for reinforcements.

At mid-day, Custer’s 600 men entered the Little Bighorn Valley. Among the Native Americans, word quickly spread of the impending attack. The older Sitting Bull rallied the warriors and saw to the safety of the women and children, while Crazy Horse set off with a large force to meet the attackers head on. Despite Custer’s desperate attempts to regroup his men, they were quickly overwhelmed. Custer and some 200 men in his battalion were attacked by as many as 3,000 Native Americans; within an hour, Custer and every last one of his soldier were dead.

The Battle of Little Bighorn–also called Custer’s Last Stand–marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The gruesome fate of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty. Meanwhile, the U.S. government increased its efforts to subdue the tribes. Within five years, almost all of the Sioux and Cheyenne would be confined to reservations.
commented 2015-06-25 11:36:08 -0400
John once again you hit the nail on the head. Not remembering our pledge at the end of the Second World War that naked aggression can not be tolerated. This war declared on us by the Muslim Islamic ISIS who are funded by Iran and Saudi Arabia as well as other Gulf States is a cancer that the free world can not tolerate or can the other nations that are being targeted by ISIS. The war on civilization has been going on since the seventh century it’s ruthlessness is legionary. Their cult has been and is a curse on civilization, any accomplishments claimed by Muslim Islamic was not because of Muslim Islamic it was accomplished by free thinking in spite of Muslim Islamic. As in the past they continue to ravage human civilization ie Palmyra et al to numerous to mention. And be warned they have corrupted every country they have migrated to.
commented 2015-06-25 10:51:52 -0400
Just compare life in South Korea with life in North Korea if you have any doubts about whether or not the sacrifice was worth it.