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Through the Camera Lens:
The Korean War (1)

30 June 2010

The U.S. Air Strike of North Korea and China

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When the WWII ended and the Korean Peninsula was liberated from the Japanese colonial rule, it was divided along the 38th Parallel to be under the wings of the Soviet Union and the United States respectively, following the status quo in Germany, for the reason put forward by the Americans that judging by history, the Korean people were not yet ready for self-determination.

Having gained huge dividend from the two world wars, both economically, mainly through arms sales, and politically, by becoming a major player in the world stage, Americans started to seriously contemplate a possibility of establishing a world order with US dominance, thus a cold war against its competing power, the Soviet Union, began. It was executed in the name of defending its faith and ideology, but deep down it's human greed for economic profit and political power in the play, which is why after the collapse of the Communist Soviet Union, the US is still highly hostile toward Russia. So that is how it is - as soon as the military conflict between two regimes on the peninsular broke out on June 25, 1950, the United States smelled blood and jumped the gun.

The illustration by U.S. News & World Report shows how Americans perceive the necessity of involving themselves in a war fought in a distant Asian land: It is an opportunity to break up the newly formed communist bloc.

On June 27, 1950, the US Seventh Fleet entered the Taiwan Strait that China has claimed to be part of its territory.

On July 2, 1950, the first group of US combat units the 24th Infantry Division troops of Task Force Smith arrived at Taejon railroad station, South Korea.

On July 7, 1950, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution motioned by the United States to send peace-keeping force, mainly consisted of US troops and commanded by US General MacArthur, to Korean Peninsula. Since at the time the Soviet Union was boycotting the UN in protest over the Chinese seat, that it believed should belong to the People's Republic of China, being continuously occupied by the Republic of China which only ruled a small island called Taiwan, therefore it was unable to veto the UN decision.

North Korea's border city Sinuiju county was reduced to rubble in the US air strikes.

North Korean army fought fiercely to save the situation.

The real target of the US in the Korean War was newly established People's Republic of China, and its aircrafts repeatedly bombed Chinese cities and villages. This was Chinese border city Dandong after the air strike.

Granny Ma's daughter and three nephews were killed by the Americans in the strike.

Chinese peasants were angered over the war crime committed by the US Air Force that sent strafing planes to shoot Chinese villagers at Gulouzi (古楼子).

Chinese Government ordered to set up the Northeast Border Protection Task Force to protect the lives and defend the territory along the Yalu River.

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Siniuju (North Korea) on the east shore of the Yalu River

Siniuju city along the Yalu River

A Siniuju village by the Yalu River

A Siniuju girl on her bike

A North Korean soldier plays a guitar by the Yalu River


The riverfront of Siniuju and a Chinese passage boat in the Yalu River

Dandong (China) on the west shore of the Yalu River

Broken Bridge in Dandong which used to connect China to North Korea before it was broken in the US air strike during the Korean war

A rural riverside village in Dandong

The foreshore district of Dandong

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