THE KOREAN WAR: THE FORGOTTEN WAR
June 25, 2010
coming Thursday, June 24, or Friday, June 25, depending upon which side
of the International Date Line you happen to be located, will be the
60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War in June 1950 when
the North Korean army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded deep into
the heart of South Korea. This war began after a statement was made
earlier by Dean Rusk, then Under Secretary of State for East Asian and
Pacific Affairs, indicating that our perimeter of defense would only
include Japan and its territorial waters. Therefore, South Korea would
than be excluded from military and naval protection by the United States.
So with the encouragement and support of Moscow, which included tanks,
fighter jets and Soviet military personnel, North Korea invaded South
By September of 1950, a successful naval landing had been made at Inchon, south of Seoul, under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, which enabled U.S. and allied ground forces to penetrate deep into North Korea. By November of that same year, not only had the warm weather changed to the freezing bitter cold of a continental climate, but the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) from China entered the war on the Korean Peninsula after crossing the bridges along the Yalu River from Manchuria.
General MacArthur's aerial reconnaissance had earlier reported build-up staging areas in China's northeast by various bridges along the Yalu River in Manchuria. When the General attempted to contact President Truman for permission to bomb those strategic sites with conventional bombs so that our American troops might stand up to those vastly out-numbering Chinese troops, his request was flatly denied. Apparently, Dean Rusk had reminded Truman that no action north of the Yalu River would be permitted to be taken against the massive number of Chinese military personnel without approval of the British Foreign Service.
Prior to 1954, British Petroleum or BP was called Anglo-Iranian. Until its vast oil and gas fields in Iran were nationalized by Premier Mosadegh in 1951, this British-owned multinational corporation controlled most of the petroleum-rich region along the Persian Gulf, which also included wells in Kuwait, and Basra in Iraq as well as in smaller countries nearby. General MacArthur's aerial reconnaissance and intelligence were also aware of the ongoing shipping activity by the British to Chinese and North Korean ports along the Yellow Sea.
His intelligence staff was aware of logistical supplies, which included petroleum products needed for Russian-made jet aircraft, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and trucks, that were being delivered, on a regular basis, by the British within close proximity to those Chinese troop staging areas in Manchuria. This logistical assistance to our enemies, the Chinese and North Koreans, helped to establish favorable relations as well as considerable profits for the British mainly at the expense of our American troops. By the end of that war, The Forgotten War, more than 36,900 American soldiers died and well over 100,000 were seriously wounded.
At we prepare to remember those brave American men and women who served during the Korean war, take a moment to also think about British multinational corporations, such as what is now British Petroleum or BP, that profited by supplying our enemies with petroleum products and other logistical supplies which contributed to the deaths and casualties of so many U.S. troops during that "no-win" conflict.
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Further research reveals that every single deployment of U.S. troops into the Middle East since 1990 with "Operation Desert Storm" has actually benefited British Petroleum or BP. The next question after the massive underwater "gusher" in the Gulf of Mexico, should be "Will we invade Iran for British Petroleum's or BP's interests by the Persian Gulf, when that same British-owned multinational corporation was called Anglo-Iranian?"
But the answer will depend largely upon you and your determination to share this information with others. Thank you for caring about America.
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