A History of Western Intervention in the Asia-Pacific
Today the Asia-Pacific region stands on the verge of major change, with centuries of western dominated regional order being seriously challenged and quite possibly nearing its end. The emergence of a potential new order dominated by regional rather than extra-regional powers - an «Asia for the Asiatics» in the words of Japan’s pan-Asian scholars - means it is now more than ever essential to understand the history of the current western-dominated system, the full implications should it continue and the nature of the West’s intentions towards the region.
This book undertakes the task of elucidating the complex and little-known history of western intervention in the Asia-Pacific, providing information critical to understanding contemporary developments
Sexual violence by invading forces against the local population is a means of articulating and demonstrating power over the victim, emphasizing their helplessness.1
— SARA MERGER
The fact that many Korean women in the villages were often raped in front of their husbands and parents has not been a secret among those who experienced the Korean War. It was known that several women were raped before being shot at No Gun Ri. Some eyewitnesses say that U.S. soldiers played with their lives like boys sadistically playing with flies.2
— 1993 Report in the Journal of Genocide Research by Professor Kim Dong Choon of South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee on the conduct of the U.S. military
The conduct of Western militaries during the Korean War, not only through their firebombing campaigns and employment of weapons of mass destruction against civilian targets, but also through their conduct towards Korean civilians on the ground, provides essential context to both the background of Korean relations with the West today as well as the nature of the Western Bloc’s intentions towards the peoples of Korea and East Asia. As the only major conventional land war fought by the Western Bloc in Asia in the modern era, the Korean War provides valuable insight into the nature of Western forces and the potential consequences for Asian populations ←321 | 322→– both Western aligned and otherwise – of their military involvement in the region in potential future conflicts.
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