WHAT MILITARY LESSONS CAN WE LEARN FROM THE KOREAN WAR, 1950-53?
The war of 1950-1953 in Korea was the first war that was waged against an aggressor state by United Nations in the twentieth century. The war was also the most significant conflict to emerge at the beginning of the Cold War and it leaded to be decisive the route of the Cold War. The Korean War was not only considerable reflection of the United States and the Soviet Union confrontation, but also they avoided direct combat each other in this conflict. This war shaped again how the West and the East dealt with each other and also caused part of a revolution in war in history. Indeed, without Korean war, no other events that were likely to have generated would have produced the effects that Korea did in terms of both the diplomatic and military options in the world politics. Korean war created a situation where they avoided high level conflicts and a significant perceived threat of war which brings about the policies that we associate with the cold war. In this context, This paper is an interpretive account of the major military, diplomatic and political issues of the Korean War. The aim of this paper is to explore the characteristics and nature of Korean War, and also to examine why the Korean War was the birthplace of doctrine of limited war at beginning of the Cold War. In this way, it can be understand why the Korean war strongly influenced international politics and indeed how brought about most of the characteristics of cold war.
The Korean War, Cold War, Limited War, Weapons Systems