Originally Posted by Amnorix
Not in my book. Not when the North Koreans were clearly the aggressors and when we didn't even expand the war into mainland China. All Chinese casualties were necessarily military casualties. All North Korean casualties were a result of their own aggression.
1 million, 10 or 20, I wouldn't care. Just like Germany. Or Japan. I feel badly for the civilians, but their government is to blame, 100%.
No. For several reasons:
1. The Chinese civil war was entirely internal, not an invasion of one country by another.
2. We would have no "moral obligation" to send massive troops into foreign countries to support one government versus another, absent our own national interests. While "who lost China" was a Republican witchhunt for years, the fact is that it wasn't ours to lose, and that the corrupt and pathetic nationalist government was no more "save-able" than the South Vietnamese government. If we couldnt' save South Vietnam, a much smaller country, how the hell would we have saved the Chinese government of our choosing.
Korea had only been North and South for 2 years due to a failure of the US and USSR to sort out the post WWII mess. That same nationalist government was an ally of the US became Taiwan who we threatend Communist china with Nukes in the 50's
Like I said fWIW I actually think it was worth it but it is an interesting what if had we done nothing