Originally Posted by jekyl_hyde
Funny how the U.S. occupied S. Korea during WWII and the Soviet Union occupied N. Korea after WWII. Many war scholars point to the Korean War being the beginning of the Cold War, because they state the Cold War actually started before the Korean War.
...wat? For starters...wat?
Let's break this down:
"We were in South Korea during WWII"
- Considering Korea didn't become 2 separate governments until after the Potsdam Conference in July-August 1945, after WWII had ended.
- U.S. forces were only in Korea to keep the Soviets from invading and occupying a devastated Japan (we had just dropped 2 atomic bombs on them, after all)
- A result of the Potsdam Conference was an agreement that the Soviet forces wouldn't move south of the 38th parallel (which they adhered to).
"Many scholars point to the Korean War as the start of the Cold War"
- I'd like to see a list of these supposed scholars.
- "Many scholars" would point out that there is no agreement on when the Cold War started. Some claim it started almost immediately after the end of WWII. Others claim it started during WWI. Some even believe it was a result of tensions with the Russian Empire stemming back to the 19th century.