A decade before the U.S. debacle in Vietnam began, the Pentagon received its first defeat when U.S. and allied military forces were driven out of North Korea by the combined efforts of the People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Korea has been punished ever since with economic sanctions and the occupation of the southern half of the country by 37,000 U.S. soldiers. In 1953, at the end of the Korean War, the U.S. partitioned Korea, separating over 10 million families. Since then, the U.S. has refused to sign a peace treaty with North Korea, leaving all of Korea under a cloud of ongoing U.S. threats and aggression.
President Bush and his administration have menaced all of Korea by including North Korea as part of an "axis of evil" and warning North Korea publicly that it must learn the lessons of Iraq.
Despite everything, a militant and spirited movement to get the U.S. out of South Korea has continued to grow. A broad and deeply heartfelt struggle for peace, Korean reunification and self-determination has emerged. Now, the movement in Korea is expressing its anger over South Korea's deployment of occupation troops to Iraq.
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