Sunday, November 28, 2010

Conflict in the Koreas (post #25)

In 1953, an armistice was signed to end the fighting of the Korean War.  The two nations share a history, ethnicity, and language, but are separated by a heavily patrolled border and two very different governments.  The U.S. has accused the North of seeking to build nuclear weapons and has bases in South Korea and Japan.  The North has strong relations with China, today the world's other superpower, besides the U.S.  Their leader Kim Jong-il's has named his son, Kim Jong-un, as the next ruler.   Last Tuesday, North Korea attacked a South Korean island killing four and forcing an evacuation.  No further fighting has occurred, but tensions are high and other countries could become involved.  The North has one of the world's largest militaries and far exceeds that of South Korea.  Read this link for more info or watch the video and then answer the question below.



If North Korea were to attack again, what position should the United States take?
Consider, we are friends and trading partners with South Korea and Japan and are their main military protector.
North Korea has tested nuclear weapons and may be capable of short range attacks.
China is allied with North Korea and assisted them against us in the Korean War.
We are still fighting in Afghanistan (which also borders China) and have troops in Iraq.
Wars are expensive and we have a large budget deficit.
Explain why you believe we should be involved or not and in what way.  Remember human lives are at stake in any war, both U.S. soldiers and citizens of other nations, so be considerate in your comments.

130 comments:

  1. the U.S. will probably intervene in the affairs of North Korea in the hope of preserving our economic interests in South Korea.

    i personally do not believe in war, i do not believe it is necessary or the only way, but it is the way the world chooses to solve its problems. in that context i would say we should be involved in the protection of innocent South Korean lives, and the the preservation of peace, even though one of the main motives of our actions would in most cases be economic at heart.

    in a nut shell: yes to involvement, in the effort to protect lives and maintain peace.

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  2. I do not think its a good idea for the u.s should intervene using force in this situation. I do belive though that the u.s can help solve the problem but getting invovled into another war would just put more lives in danger.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    sloan government

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  3. If it were up to me to make the decision either to go to war with North Korea, risking U.S. lives and the possibility of Chinese involvement, or to not take the chance, I would not go to war. Simply because we are already fighting a war in Afghanistan, and two different wars at once is probably not a good idea considering our budget deficit and American lives at hand.

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  4. I do not believe we should go to war with North Korea, however i feel that the United States will become involved. We are still involved with other countries around the world and are in deficit. The war may create jobs for Americans but the cost is great. Sloan p.3

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  5. i do not believe the U.S should enter the wars or conflict in the koreas because it would not only put more lives in danger but also put us deeper in the recession whole. as time goes by i believe the koreas will be able to handle this onflist themselves with out the help of others

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  6. Maria Schmidt, Mr. Bauer, Per 5November 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    I don't believe that the United States should get involved if the situation gets worse. However, the United States will probably become involved because of our ties with South Korea and Japan. I also don't believe getting involved would be a good idea because of the financial problems we are facing, and war is expensive. We are still fighting in Afghanistan and have a huge deficit, so getting involved would not be very smart in my opinion.

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  7. I do think the U.S needs to get involved, North Korea needs to be put back in place. They violated the armistice and must suffer the consequences and if that means U.S involvement so be it.
    jake Beilby

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  8. I would be a little hesitant before involving the United States in South Korea. Yes, they may be an economic ally. However, this sounds to me a little too much like the Korean War which went on for years and years and ended up being a loss and an extremely unpopular war. We are still at war in the Middle East. Another war would cost the United States more money and more lives. In its current condition, I do not believe that our country needs to become involved in this dispute.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  9. Well, undoubtedly China will take any opportunity it deems worthy to bring the United States even farther under its control...
    However, North Korea is nothing but a little bully, and if it is not put in check it will continue to attack South Korea to its liking. I assume that Kim Jong Il, due to his illness, is attempting to fulfill his dreams of power before he dies, and that China is using his ambition as a tool for its own gain, like a scapegoat.

    Although the war in Iraq has been costly, we know that if we the citizens put forth a full effort rather than just procrastinating and wasting so much time, effort, and supplies, and work like we did during WWII, the economy would not be harmed but rather benefit like it did in WWII. A successful war effort is determined by how fully the president chooses to support it through his actions, and in this case President Obama is unwilling to make a stand against seemingly all countries that are not our allies.

    I believe the US should put naval pressure on the North Koreans without violating any NK or Chinese boundaries, and simply make South Korea a very difficult place to attack. We need time to crack down on terrorist groups in the Middle East before we create a whole new front.

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  10. Katey Santillan Bauer P1November 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    I really hope that if it is posible, that we can stay out of this. We are still in another war in the middle east that Obama said he would be ending but hasn't. We are stuck between a rock and hard place no matter what side we choose, because even deciding to not choose side is choosing a side.

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  11. Isabel De la Rosa
    Bauer
    p.2
    The tension between north and south may be tense and it has been like that for a while if it is possible i think it would be better to stay out of it, eventhough the us and south korea are trading buddies and it could effect our economy a war can also do that its better to let time tell whether its better for us to stay out our join.

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  12. I don't think that the U.S. should take part in the war. We are already fighting in another war as it is, and our economy is in a crisis. We need to maintain peace in our country.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1.

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  13. North Korea is a broken record with an insane leader. They do not have the money or resources to fund a full scale war against Nato and SK. If NK were to attempt a full scale attack, it is our obligation to intervene. We have over 28,000 troops stationed in SK and also have funded to modernization of the SK military. On the side note of NK's nuclear program, this should have been stopped early on and the UN is to blame for not enforcing more punishment. When Iran does the same thing, will we react similiar? I hope not. There is no guarentee China would back NK like it did in 1953. They are aware of this rogue countries irresponsible actions and want little to do with it. It is worrying however that they have taken little action against it. All in all SK still needs the firm support of the US, UN, NATO, and it's allies against this Communist regime. If a war occured, NK in the future would be better off due to a liberation of the country which is full of poor, starving people oppressed and indoctrinated by their government. SK is the rightful owner of the Koreans and our support is in our own and the world's best interest

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  14. I think that the US would make a terrible mistake if they were to go to war in Korea. We already have other issues such as the ongoing war in the Middle East and the recession that we as Americans are going through. It would would be a very poor decision to get involved in a confrontation with another foreign country. The US government needs to realize that it can only do so much inthe world and sometimes we need to let things play out before we make any rash decisions.

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  15. thats kinda of a difficult situation for the united states to be in. They have to maintain order and peace, the fight with north and south korea is something we might not getr into because of the nuclear weapons north korea has. to tell the truth im not quite sure, it a very diffcualt question and be a number of answers and still be wrong.
    RENE BONILLA
    BAUER 4TH.

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  16. if the Us had to be involved it shurly would defend south korea. as their main protectors the Us should saty true to its allied country. realisticaly we dont have the means to support another major war, so in a perfect world i would hope the the Us would not have to get involved, but this isint a perfect world and anything can happen.
    Alondra Munoz
    Sloan p.5

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  17. If North Korea were to attack again we should not get involved. The U.S. is always butting into other nations or countries wars. We are in a economic crisis as it is and we don't need to spend more money on war. I say we dont attack unless it is absolutely necessary.

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  18. Kyle Maples - Bauer Period 1November 29, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    The United States should in no way shape or form get involved with the continuation of the Korean War. We tried before and we have not seen an end to this war. The Korea's signed a armistice which is a end of fighting but not an end to the war. I believe that this war will never be over. I'm afraid to say this but by the end of the year or mid next year the Korea's will be yet again in war with each other. I have to wonder what America will do though. Do we go agains a country the could possibly have nuclear weapons and is backed by China, the country that owns more than half of America? Why would America do that? More than 75% of the goods that we Americans buy is "Made in China". From our iphones, computers, backpacks, pencils and most of our clothing. I find it hard to believe that America would continue this war and fail again. We have almost a 14 trillion dollar debt in this country. I would be very angry if our federal government put us in another front where we shouldn't belong just like Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else America may wrongfully be. Along with that we have modernized the Japanese and South Korean armies. Why can't we cut the umbilical cord and let these countries be their own nations and let them lead the way they lead. Not with the American "Big Brother" looking over their shoulder but as free people.On the other hand we as American need to regroup, bring our country together from our gridlock and political party hatred, and finally do something as Americans. Not Democrats, Republican, Greens and Libertarians but as Americans.

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  19. I believe that the United States shouldnt go to war with korea because we are already facing alot of trouble in our country as a whole because of the war that is going on in Afiganstan. I think its not worth it to risk more American lives and too make the economy more worse. As we already know that we are in a recession.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Ecnomics
    Period 2

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  20. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5November 29, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    i think the US should stay out of the war. we are already in huge debt and are having trouble getting out. why add to it? we should not join another war when we are already in one too. our hands would be too full with everything going on. even though were their "protector" i dont think we should help them.

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  21. The U.S. should not get involved because even if we initially go over to help South Korea by protecting them, it may turn into a bigger problem. The U.S. might end up being a part of another war that does not pertain to us. We are not in a good economic state to be spending more money on violent things such as wars.

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  22. I personally think that the United States just shouldnt be involved at all, then again we are south korea and japans main military protection so at one point theUS will get involved no doubt about that. But we shouldnt anyway because we Will loose alot of people considering that north korea has been testing nuclear weapons and they will use them on us which is bad...
    Adilene Vazquez
    Sloan Period onee

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  23. I believe that the United States should take no action in this war, this is between North and South korea, we are already fighting a useless war, what is the point in entering alother. In my point of view china should of never gotten involved, they might be our source of goods, but it is not our duty to protect them.

    Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per 5

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  24. The u.s. would probably interfere for economic purposes. But, i personally believe that the u.s. has to many problems of its own that it shouldnt be worrying about those of other countries.

    -Ivan Carenas
    Mr. Sloan per.3

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  25. Even though our country is having economic problems i think that we should help South Korea against North Korea. We can't just let South Korea get taken over when they are our allies. Sloan per 1

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  26. I don't think that it is safe for America to get in the war because it could be risky. Although I think that America has a strong military so they could help Korea. I just don't know if it is a good thing.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  27. Miriam Bejines Mr.Sloan P.5November 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    I think that the United States should not get involved because we can get in a big war against North Korea if the U.S helps South Korea to support the ally is not a good thing to do.

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  28. Maria Perez
    Sloan P.4
    I believe that the U.S. should not take no position in the war between South and North Korea, because there is already other issues that should concern the U.S. more tan Korea, even though they are friends and trading partners. Another reason wyh I think that the U.S. should not take part in this because Korea is trying the nuclear weapons, knowing that they will not affect only one place, but the world as a whole, sooner or later. The U.S. is not making the right decision to help Korea with their war because China is involved, while we are bordering China. While also people their are at risk of dieing, not only soldiers but the citizens themselves. Plus the wars are very expencive, with the money the U.S. has, I think should be for other things that need it like the education or health of children, and with the economy being not so good it makes it worse.

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  29. We should stay out of this, untill it might effect the u.s.
    Forrest MacDonald

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  30. i odnt think that the US should get involved because this is between North and South Korea. we already have our own problems and our own war to deal with. i also think that China should have stayed out of it
    ~~brooke fletcher
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  31. The U.S. are most likely going to have some kind of effect if North Korea attacks again. We tend to be the global police and plus we have economic interests in south korea. I also believe that the U.S. will want to attack because n korea has nuclear capability and the last thing we need is another cold war.

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  32. I think that the U.S should not be involved in this attack because the U.S. aready has too many problems of its own. wars are very costly and being invoulved in this war would hurt our economy even more.
    monica salazar
    mr.sloan

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  33. I would prefer if the U.S. did not get involved with the N/S Korean affairs. However, I'm sure the U.S. will find a way to be involved somehow, seeing as they are still allies with S Korea. It basically boils down to whatever happens, happens. We can only play the waiting game right now.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  34. I believe that even though the United States has some kind of interest in South Korea, we should not risk the lives of anymore U.S. soldiers and intervene and go to war with North Korea if they attack South Korea. Besides the United States already has its hands full with another war and would be hard to settle two different matters at once. I believe that the United States should stay away from this potential war.

    Brian Leiva
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  35. jacob farrar
    bauer 4th

    I think that the US should not get involved if another war breaks out between North and South Korea. I think that the nations allies should be their to support Korea and its many challanges they face with dealing with eachother. I belive that no country should have to go to war when we dont need to. The US should be giving schools more money so we dont have to sit in the cold instead of fighting some war thats not even ours and wasing Billions of dollors.

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  36. Chelsea Ray, Sloan p.1November 30, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Personally, I think that the U.S. should not get involved in the war between North Korea and South Korea. Even though we will somehow find a way to get involved. We are still in war in Afghanistan and need to focus on that rather than this.

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  37. i agree with Mr. Leiva on this one. The U.S. is in two other wars. iraq and afghanistan correct? well since we got our own problems, i believe that maybe china or south or north korea need to step up and resolve this problem. the U.S. needs to stay out of it and let someone else handle it for once. we should not have to risk the lives of our soldiers when we are already losing a lot of them in the two other wars. my opinion.

    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  38. The last thing America needs right now is another war. We signed the alliance with South Korea almost fifty years ago under a different president and in accordance to a completely different generation of citizens. It would be much too costly to fight a superpower combination of North Korea and China as well as whoever else might become involved. Plus, we already have our own conflicts going on. A war with anyone right now would be a horrible idea. If it did come to war between the Koreas, our best bet would probably be to provide them with supply and other aid; just not soldiers or anything too costly.

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  39. We should not go to war because if we anger China, the economic pressure that they could put on us would cost us far more than all three wars ever could. However, if China supported us, North Korea is a greater threat in my mind than any country we have our troops in at the moment because their leader is literally insane.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  40. personally, I don't believe that the united states should ever enter, if it ever occurs, the second korean war. the "global police" will no doubt intervene in order to protect business interests in South Korea and to keep peace in the world. this would mean more spending, of money we don't have, into the military. Although we are in debt, history has shown that after a major war, the economy seems to drastically increase.
    Ruben Rodriguez
    Mr. Bauer
    per.3

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  41. Emily Staab Per 2 BauerNovember 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    I personally don't think that the United States should not get involved in another way. The U.S. will probaly intervene anyways. We have a war of our own going on that is costing us a ton of money and we also still have troops in Iraq. If anything, the US should just be there for 'support' in case something, like nuclear weapons, does rear its ugly head. I think that Japan should be the South Koreans first source for help.

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  42. this conflict such a disturbance as if we don't have enough trouble in our own country with the bad economy and the bad healthcare struggles and the "high rent", now we got to start worrying about some alleged maniac in an impoverished country who pumps most of his countries money into military artillery. just another headache.

    vern Iniguez
    SLOAN p1

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  43. Well, regrettably this could be the start of another World War. Another powder keg, and another loon stretching out his claws to grasp new lands and power. NK seams to be growing bold. IF they do attack south Korea will be obliterated if we stand back. Japan may attack and it would be hard for America to stand outside of war. Unless Nk has a change in heart at the peace talks i see a bleak future. Then again there is more secretive ways of moving international problems along. To preserve peace, some one may need to resort to the less honorable actions.
    I hope an agreement can be reached, but i do not see that happening very easily or at all.
    Caleb Newman

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  44. I think U.S should not even get involved in their country. It's their problem and they could solve it by their self. U.S is already facing so many problems. The Economy is down and two wars is going on which isn't even half way of winning or anything. There's no point at all. First we should finish the two wars and then from their on see what's up. But yah, I think U.S Shouldn't get involved.
    Sania BAcha
    Bauer. Perd 3

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  45. I personally would only support South Korea a through finanial means, because I do not believe that North Korea is a serious threat to anyone. If I were to see proof to the country is a threat to America, then I would attack them, but until then I would not send our troops to the Korean penensula.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  46. Omar Delgado sloan per4November 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    i beleive the us will step in and defend south korea. this is not the first time theyve had to step in and china has stepped in before to defend the north as well.if this ends up happening wed probably fight for a short time but eventualy we'll reach an agreement like before.

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  47. I believe in all honesty, the best choice would be to defend South Korea. No, there is no need to begin another war, especially with the Economic advantage China has on us (which is that they hold a majority of our bonds and can drop us at any moment bankrupting us). I think we could at least evacuate or put up stronger defense lines along the border to protect from incoming attack. We could also hold a conference and figure out if North Korea has Nuclear technology or not. North Korea and China together are strong military speaking, but making allies with other European countries and Japan may help in convincing North Korea to give up their invasion.

    Bauer P.3

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  48. Brenda Anguiano
    Mr. Bauer p4
    I believe going into any war right now would be unwise. There is a large deficit due to the Iraq war and our economy is falling apart. Now considering the parties involved, the us can't go against China because they are our greatest supplier of goods and money (loans). On the other hand we can't go against S. Korea because then the war would be won before the start because China,N. Korea and the US all havebetter militaries than S. Korea. Nuetrality would mean the US would just stand by while S. Korea is conquered by N. Korea. This is a tuff desition but Nuetrality seems the best option. On another note, a war could bring forth a draft which would affect us since we are either 18 or will be soon.

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  49. Ashley Parker, Bauer p.2November 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    I think that the US should not get involved in the affairs between North and South Korea. We have too many other things to worry about. The war in Afghanistan, for example, is more important. If we enter another war that is more american lives being put at risk.

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  50. I believe the U.S. should not get involved in the war unless we really have to. We can't afford another war and we are still currently in one. Economically, the U.S. cannot handle fighting two wars at once. Yes, the U.S. should remain loyal to South Korea, but only if it is really necessary.

    Sloan. P.2

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  51. The United States should back South Korea in any conflict against North Korea whose communist government opposes the values that Americans deem most sacred. However, we should take more of a back seat role in this conflict and encourage other Asian countries to step up and lead. Also, if the United States military is to enter this conflict it needs to first establish a clear plan of action BEFORE getting involved.

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  52. VIRIDIANA RAMIREZ P2 BAUERNovember 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    IM MY OPINION I DONT THINK ITS A GOOD IDEA FOR THE US TO GET INLVOLVED WITH EITHER THE NORTH NOR THE SOUTH KOREA AFFAIRS. WE HAVE TO MANY PROBLEMS AND WE SHOULDNT WANT ONE MORE. WE SHOULDNT CAUSE A WAR IN BETWEEN. WE SHOULDNT PUT THE RISK OF RISKING PEOPLES LIFES AND GETTING THE ECONOMY WORSE THAN WHAT IT ALREADY IT IS. I SAME WE SHOULD JUST HOW WE ARE AND WHAT WE SHOULD REALLY DO IS TRY TO GET ECONOMY AT ONE STABLE LEVEL AND NOT WORSEN IT.

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  53. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1November 30, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    I do not believe it would be a smart decision for the U.S. to go to war with far more ruthless countries whose number of troops far exceed ours. I mean sure, we should protect and back up Japan and South Korea, but honestly, our economy and citizens have taken such a brutal beating with the war in the middle east; do we really want to make it worse?

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  54. I don't think the US should intervene because that will just Qatar money and kill lives. I still think that the US might get involved to help South Korea but we should try to avoid using force. China might help out North Kirea again if we use force and then we will have China as an enemy.
    Erica Ayala, Bauer, per. 4

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  55. I think helping South Korea is a right thing to because we would be backing them up. But in my opinion i don't think it's a great and wise idea because our economy has seriouse problems of it's own. We already owe an immense amount of money and we wouldn't want to increase the debt. We already have a war going on and we don't want another one. It would only put more lifes in danger. I think China should just tell North Korea to think of what they are doing before they start anything severe. Because this can cause other countries to get involved.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr. Bauer
    Per: 2

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  56. Cristian Garcia/ Period 3 BauerNovember 30, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    I think that the U.S. will get involved because economically we need to keep are trade open. But personally we should not get involved its Koreas problem not ares. there is no reason to put are troops in a place where the U.S. has gone before and lost many people.

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  57. I do beleaive into war with north korea because thats the only way we now how to get involved. and we need to get involed cause we are tring to help them weather they see it that way or not

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  58. Cecy Gee :) Sloan P.4November 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Many of my other classmates say its not the smart thing to do for the U.S to go to war but that it is in best interest of this country to be in sides with south korea and japan since we have trading relations with them. But even if the U.S decides not to go to war or get involved, we cant help what happens with the other countries where there's many tensions and if something happens over there we wouldnt resist not to get involved even if we have a budget and many civilians lives, including soldiers, are at risk. We have to consider the fact that anything can cross borders and if north korea sides with china, one of the world powers that have successfully tested nuclear weapons, we would have to take that into consideration as well. so its hard to tell what the next step for the U.S is going to be

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  59. WHO ARE WE KIDDING? WE ALL KNOW THAT THE US WILL GET INVOLVED IN THE WAR NO MATTER WHAT. EVEN IF WE ARE IN RECESSION AND ARE IN ANOTHER WAR OURSELVES. THE US LOVES TO INTERFERE AND TRY TO SOLVE CONFLICTS. PERSONALLY I WOULD PUT THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS FIRST AND THINK ABOUT OUR CONDITIONS. WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER WAR. I THINK THAT WE SHOULD TRY TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS PEACEFULLY BUT IF WE WERE TO GET ATTACKED THEN WE SHOULD ATTACK BACK.

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  60. KARINA RAMOS MR SLOAN PERIOD 1

    I BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT GET INVOLVED WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING BETWEEN SOUTH KOREA AND NORTH KOREA. I THINK THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT GET INVOLVED BECAUSE WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL AT HAND WITH ANOTHER WAR IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. WARS COST MONEY AND I BELEIVE THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD NOT BE PUTTING INTO ANY EFFORT FOR SUPPORTING OR GETTING INVOLVED WITH ANY OTHER SITUATION OTHER THAN IN OUR COUNRTY OR THAT HAS TO DEAL WITH THE UNITED STATES EVEN THOUGH THAT THE UNITED STATES AND KOREA ARE ALLIES BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE ARE HAVING ECONOMIC PROBLEMS.

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  61. I believe that going into another war, would be unnecessary and redundant. For we are already in an ongoing confrontation with Iraq. And it's apparent that we, as a country, are not in a good economic situation to be using more of our money on diruptive and unnecessary things such as war.

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  62. The U.S. has told South Korea that in the event of war, we will "have their back", so essentially if things continued to get bad between the countries, we could very likely find ourselves in a war against North Korea. With North Korea comes China. All of this is a very bad idea, and we should never have promised this to South Korea. This is a war that it would be unwise to get involved in.

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  63. It's too risky for the U.S. to get involved in this situation. Another war or dispute might arise from this and if the U.S. gets involved it will be all bad because we are already in a recession and in another war in Afghanistan...it's just not worth the money or the lives.

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  64. faye roberson, Bauer, Period 5November 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I dont believe we should go to war because it is expensive and we are in a recession. It is also not the best idea knowing that we are in war with afgahnistan and it seems never ending. It wouldnt be the best to send more people to die.

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  65. Michael Freeman Per 5 SloanNovember 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    I believe that North Korea is just throwing out threats. North Korea has done things like this in the past to get other country support to fund them and help their military causes. Depending on what are government decides to do could also be a large factor. I don't believe that the US is in danger in any way, because we are an anchor for most country's and are paying back are det to others. As far as the testing goes, it is not a first time they have started testing for a pointless reason other then to gain suport.

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  66. If North Korea attacks, I think that the U.S. should back South Korea. The U.S. has always helped nations in need so thry should help now. I think the U.S. should send in troops if the attack happens. i know we have economicthings at stake with N. Korea's ally, China, but the US should help people despite economic reasons.

    Omar Hoyos

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  67. Although the United States has interest in South Korea, it should not be our problem to go in and risk the lives of anymore U.S. soldiers. We should not intervene and go to war with North Korea if they attack South Korea. The United States is already in another war and it would be hard to settle two different matters at once. The United States should stay away from this potential war we need to get out of the other war we are in first before we start up another war issue.

    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  68. I think the US should get involved if South Korea is okay with it, because they don't have a defense against the North. However,the US should simply provide aid if asked not declare war on North Korea. Because China is involed i am unsure what the US shold do because if China passes an embargo against the US the economy could get much worse.

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  69. Hannah Engebretsen/Bauer P2November 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    I agree with Maria. I dont think the US will get involved and we really shouldnt because we are already in dept and wars are expensive. It would be a bad effect on our economy and we have already put so much money into afganistan and iraq. But also helping Korea would be a nice thing to do because the US always helps struggling countries in time of war. Its a difficult situation.

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  70. I remember a while back when North Korea was making threats of firing off a missle on Independence Day. Or when they had their military strength demonstration where they had all their soldiers marching around. It seems like North Korea is asking for a fight. Do I think we should participate in a war? No. Do I wish we didn't have to solve all our issues through war? No. Unfortunately, though it seems fighting is what people do best. If North Korea continues it way we should take action.

    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Gov. Per. 1

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  71. It seems as though people are most concerned with China's association with the POSSIBLE Korean war. I do not think China wants a open war with the US. We’re China’s number one market, and they hold a significant amount of our debt. If hostilities erupted on the Korean peninsula, China would have to chose between the cost of upsetting Kim Jong Il versus the cost of losing their biggest market and having us negate on 3/4 of a trillion dollars in US federal debt. North Korea poses a threat, however, it is not hard to recognize the insanity of the leader and i do not think other nations have failed to realize the same thing. The US is stationed in South Korea and has promised South Korea protection. If war breaks out the US must provide what they promised.

    Gabriella Cello p.3 Mr.Sloan

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  72. i strongly think that we should not go to war with north Korea because we just got out of a war. i am strongly against war and i don't think that we should get into a war because we had a hard time getting our troops out and i rally think that we shouldn't go to war so soon.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan
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  73. We are allies with South Korea, and since we are allies we should help them when they need it. I do not think we can afford to launch a full scale war on North Korea at this time, but we absolutely could and should aid in the defense of South Korea. In addition to defense, we should run Special Forces operations in North Korea if it comes to fighting. Special Forces are extremely effective and compared to a War cheap.

    China would get P.O.'ed if we crossed the border in North Korea to invade it, given they are allies. However, China is not opposed to a unified Korea, as can be found in the recent Wikileaks documents. It would create economic opportunity and more safety for them if this were to occur.

    Essentially i believe we should aid in the defense of our ally if the need arises. Our countries are friends. If your friend was getting beat up by a giant scary person, would you sit bacvk and yell "can't we all just talk about this over a cup of green tea?"? no. you wouldnt because you know that is completely hair-brained and not in the realm of possibility. You would leap at the chance to defend your friend. Countries should do the same for each other.

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  74. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4November 30, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Well for now they should not get involved into the war. Instead of getting involved through war they should try to become involved by making the nations come together to fix their problems. What is impressing though was how China as mentioned wanted to become the mediator between the south and the north. Also they gave a good idea of all the nations of China, Soviet Union, South Korea, North Korea, and U.S. coming together to fix the problems. Also this would be good because all of these nations can stop the shed of blood and money by not making a war. We as a country are not in the best position and maybe if the south really needed help then we should get involved, but if they can handle it then just let them do their own thing.

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  75. the u.s should not get involved in this war, it would only make things worse again
    love'
    kim hernandez :D
    sloan, period 4

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  76. The decision of the US to intervene in the Koreas if a war breaks out would probably hinge on China and it's stance in the war. If China was supporting North Korea by offering supplies and weapons, the US would probably also help South Korea in a similar manner. However, if China directly joined the attack and if US involvement would mean war with China, we probably would let South Korea fall by the wayside, as the last thing we need right now is a world war with a massive superpower that has us by the throat economically (rare earth elements).
    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
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  77. I think the United States should take South Korea's side because we are sllies with them and should be loyal to that. Also if we stand behind the South Korean government, we should protect them from being overtaken by the North's government, which probably has more power because of its stronger military. I think with both the United States and China in on this, we could end the dispute.

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  78. If things come to the worst, then i think the United States should side with South Korea because we agree with their government. I think the better thing to do would be to work with China and try to get each side to come to a peace agreement and end the dispute.

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  79. I think that we should get involved because what ever is going on around the world eventually effects us if if we know that north Korea has nuclear weapons then we should star to get ready because thing happen very fast and we must be ready for what ever occurs

    richard Manzo
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  80. Joeylee Maimone, Sloan 4
    I feel like the U.S. is screwed with either decision they pick. Going to war wouldn't be very smart for multiple reasons but not going to war also has its disadvantages. Personally, going to war would not be the smartest decision for the U.S. anytime soon.

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  81. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P1)November 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    I believe that the U.S. will help south korea if further attacks occur. As for me i would rather the U.S. not get involved at all. I say this because we are in debt and a war like this would only increase it. As well as put many lives in danger and it can lead to a nuclear all out war.

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  82. Haley Collins - Sloan Period OneNovember 30, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    I believe our Nation shouldnt endanger our troops just to "keep alliances" Korea is its own country and can handle their problems... why is it, our nation is in such a great debt yet we can drop millions on other countries? HELLO focus on what problems we have HERE in The United States! honestly, we need to stop being the instigator nation!

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  83. Given the fact that we are already in the middle of a war in Afgahanistan,NO! we should not get ourselves in another war! Korea can deal with it themselves...It seems like the U.S complains about having problems and what not yet they feel the need to jump into another war when were not even completely done with the first one..

    Danielle Barros
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    Sloan

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  84. This is a really hard question to answer, considering we just got out of a rather expensive "war", and still have troops overseas. I believe that war can be necessary to maintain peace, however ironic that may sound, and that with our strong military we should help other countries in need. There are innocent people in South Korea that don't deserve to be caught up in all the conflict of North/South Korea, but I think that we need to be more concerned about our own citizens' lives at this point. It sounds a little selfish as I say that but I can't see bringing troops home from one country just to send them into another right away. If things get too out-of-hand in South Korea we may need to step in and assist, but for now we should give the fighting a rest.

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  85. Whether we go in or not, I think we have a strong chance of winning. Sure we are in debt because of the last war, but that's because we're over there fighting insurgents not an army. Back when Iraq actually had an army they went down fast, anyways. With North Korea, they have a big army sure. But I'm pretty sure America has a huge military force too, and could take them down. The only way I think we'd lose is if China stepped in and was on the North's side. But, I don't think they will, because they'd lose their largest group of consumers, us. I think China is smarter then that...

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  86. The belligerent actions by North Korea justifies the need for the United States to support its ally and impose tariffs on Chinese imports. We are so economically dependent on China(which, by the way is fueling Kim Jong-Il's military expenditures), that we are fundamentally supporting the enemy. You don't think China has malicious intent towards the United States? They're only engineering new missiles designed to sink super carriers and expanding their naval fleet. Oh-no, they're definitely not a threat to our freedom-loving world. I mean, why worry? We have Obama to protect us.
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  87. Josh McNearney Period 3 Mr. BauerNovember 30, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    Seeing how the U.S. already has troops stationed in South Korea if the North Koreans were to attack the U.S. is obligated to enter into the conflict. there is no way to avoid this war unless North Korea's main ally China negotiates with them. North Korea has done similar things in the past only as a "scare tactic". The U.S. has already given North Korea billions of dollars over the past fifteen years due to these kinds of tactics. So war is inevitable for the U.S. even if the Korea's go to war with one another. PEACE DAWG

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  88. WHAT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE HAVE A MILITARY ALLIANCE WITH SOUTH KOREA NO MATTER WHAT WE ARE GOING TO WAR IF THE NORTH ATTACKS

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  89. kayla rodriguez sloan5November 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    i dont believe that we should intervene with this war. we are already having enough economic issues, we dont need another problem on our platter. i personally do not believe in war, and it kills me knowing people loved ones are dying when we dont need to fight.

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  90. amanda eckroth
    per.1
    sloan
    i dont think that the u.s should go into war.. we just got out of a war then why fo into another war.. we should just stay peace ful with all :)

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  91. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/Bauer p.4November 30, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    The U.S would side with South Korea because it is its ally and because they have a trade relationship. As long as North Korea doesn't use nuclear weapons, the U.S should only try to relieve tension between North and South Korea. The U.S should only be involved diplomatically at this point to reduce the chance of a costly war during a time when the U.S hasn't even recovered from the effects of the previous war.

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  92. There is no way N Korea would win and they know that N Korea keeps doing this for attention so they can bargain for more food; their country is starving. It is unrealistic that the US and S Korea will invade a country because of a couple of casualties. N Korea is pathetic just ignore it and it will implode within a decade.

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  93. michael has the right idea ha

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  94. we should interface because we are friends with south Korea and what ever happens to them might effect us too so we could go and help if things get a little out of hand but with the other war we're in i think we could just sit this one out and just let them fight and solve their own problems who knows they might even just become one

    ricardo villalpando
    sloan Pr5

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  95. The US has already been involved and the situation is not resolved. South Korea does need protection against North Korea because N Korea is communist and against everything the US stands for. Therefore, i think the US should take the back seat and play a diplomatic role, trying to relieve the tension.

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  96. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3November 30, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    I believe that because of the state that we as a country are in economically, we should not get involved. Wars cost too much and that will put us in an even bigger debt than we are innow. Also too many lies are at risk, it's just not worth it.

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  97. I think that the U.S should stick with their allies and help out but to an extent.Not send soldiers or put in millions or billions of dollars into a conflict that doesnt affect the U.S.If a war does happen, I think that all countries should try and help the koreas find an agreement and end the conflict between them.
    Jose Alvarez. Sloan p.4

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  98. I would simply not go to war, we are already in two wars as it is, and we cannot afford to be in another one. We have already lost too many lives and we are in a $13 billion plus deficit, a third war is stupid to even consider.

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  99. 13 trillion dollar deficit Fiatoa TRILLION

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  100. I think that the U.S. military should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan and move on to Korea for a bit because the south depends on our military to protect them so we should do our role. But maybe we should just let the north and south combine under the North Korean government since they do have a big military. That way not so many people would get hurt. But it might not be as easy as that. You never know until you try, right?

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
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  101. I believe it would be a poor decision to get involved with the war between N&S Korea. We are already in a financial crisis and dealing with problems in the middle east. Considering North Korea's instability an lack of money and resources the war would be a waste of time and money.

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  102. Kevin krivda, Bauer P1
    Lets face it, the united states will always get involved in international issues. It is a sad reality but true. That being said, I do believe that the U.S should go to war against North Korean because of the initial strike they made on South Korea. With tenisons already high and with many U.S troops staioned there (My cousin included recently) we will get involved. We did it once and we will do it again.

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  103. As a hopeful piece of future wars, i believe it is our duty to do what we must. Our allies may be in need of our assistance, and so if we who have chosen the proud step to protecting our country should willing see that we have, also, began to fight for those in our friendships. Involvement, though, should only be necessary if in dire need of it. Dont ask of what you dont need, for it leads to extra prosperity. Look not to control, but to protect (my motto)
    Joeliane Muegge, Sloan p.5

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  104. If North Korea were to attack again, the position the United States would take is helping their alli. Even though the U.S. is already in another war in Afghanistan, I do believe that it will not make the U.S. back down on another war, despite wars being expensive and we having a large budget deficit. Since China is allied with North Korea and if they assisted them against us in the Korean War, I believe that another world war will occur. Many allies have been formed and if one country goes to war, their allies will follow. I believe that we should not be involved because the U.S. will have a lower chance of winning due to its war with Afghanistan at the moment.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  105. Even if North Korea attacks South Korea, U.S should stay out of it. There is already a war going on that the U.S.A. can't seem to get out of, and fighting a battle against north Korea will just be a repeating history. It can't be certain that if U.S does aid its ally, South Korea, it will make the situation any better. U.S should just focus instead on its own problems.

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  106. US has a lot of allies so we would kick there butt. I believe that the US would help out south korea and probably china would go with north korea as well and we are going to have a huge chiatic war.

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  107. We usually come in as a last resort anyways...so i say help em out...we're the country all the rest are afraid of...maybe it'll turn into war yes...but we've helped out N. Korea before...lets do it again.
    Samantha White
    Sloan per.5

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  108. I believe that even if a war started, we shouldn't get involved with it. If we did, we could get into a fight with China, and we rely on their products quite a bit. It's not really clear on if it should be beneficial or not to help South Korea. Wars are definitely expensive and getting one would do more harm than good for our nation. Besides, we'd be a lot worse off in the war since we would have troops fighting in other places.
    -Kevin Rodgers, Period 2 Sloan

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  109. I don't think that the United States should get involved with Korea at all. we don't even have enough money to support ourselves, let alone support a war in Korea. We also shouldn't be putting pointless lives in danger. it's unnecessary and illogical. I think Korea will be able to handle this on there own.

    Sloan
    Period 5

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  110. Wwell. Northkorea is a little brother who feels left out and needs attention imp we nuke the he'll out korea north of course and china knowing we narrowed millions of dollars from them would realize if they went to a war with us and had they worl war 3 they wouldn't have a way to get there money back or we can nuke them

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  111. so, I think that we should stay out of it. we have enough problems of our own, and we need to take care of ourselves. I am all for helping people, but we need to help ourselves.

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  112. It is too risky for the U.S to get involved in this war because many lives are at risk. Also they are already fighting in Afghanistan, why get into another war? It will make them use a lot more money, because wars are expensive. And we already have our problems we do not need more.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
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  113. The U.S shouldnt go to war into the koreas because we are going to have more death of our soldiers.Im shure korea can handle it themselves i think the US has other stuff also to be worring about.It just would be a bad decision to do.

    tania hinojosa
    p.5 sloan

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  114. I believe we should urge China to "calm" N. Korea down. We have strong connections to China, why don't we use them a little more effectively? This way we can avoid any real battles or war.

    Michael Robles, Bauer per. 3

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  115. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4December 1, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    I feel as though if North Korea attacks again, we should not intervene in the form of war. If we were to station troops in South Korea, it might scare N. Korea just enough to stop them from continuing. It would not be as expensive that way. We wouldn't need a heavy military presense there, only enough so show that we will protect South Korea from harm because they depend on us. Under no circumstances should we go there to start a war though.

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  116. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2December 2, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Stupid Communists. It's pretty obvious that it doesn't work when you have children starving in the streets and brainwashed adults worshiping someone as if he is a god. If North Korea is to attack again, the U.S. should take immediate military action. If China knows what is best for themselves they will take our side, we're their number one customer. But hey! If they want to take North Korea's side, then no big deal. Atleast then we wouldn't have to pay all that money we owe them.

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  117. war seriously no no no it just wont work. looking back at our past wars and our current position it wouldnt be a good idea for anyone although settling a dispute at this point with words or nonvilionce is totally almost imposssible there could be other ways out there we can solve this. i dont think we should get involved with there dispute.
    Francisco Gonzalez
    Mr.bauer p 2

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  118. We try to stop the spread of communism because we think it is wrong, but N Korea thinks that Democracy is wrong. So they are attacking S Korea because N Korea thinks they are wrong, but the US wants N Korea to become right, but then if N Korea thinks that S Korea is wrong, then S Korea would be communist, so they would be right to N Korea, but then both would be wrong to the US, and then N and S Korea would think that US is wrong... now everybody is wrong!

    US has its own problems.

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  119. mallory lemieux mr. sloan pd. 4December 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    i think that the us shouldnt get involved at all unless one of those countries threatended to attack us. we are already billions in debt and dont need the cost of war to make it worse. we lost enough soldiers in iraq and shouldnt ever start a war with nations that have way better tech than us.

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  120. I do not believe that the U.S should go to war with Korea because it would only be affecting us in a negative way. The U.S already is at war with another country and to be honest we can nearly handle that.

    Mr.Sloan
    Victor Alvarez

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  121. The U.S. will most likely assist South Korea but I do believe that we will have the support of many countries because North Korea is a threat and is not well respected by many countries. We are also obligated to protect South Korea, and if we don't we may lose support of Japan and any other countries affiliated with South Korea.

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  122. Personally I do not believe the U.S, should go to war with Korea because of the possible Chinese involvement. We are still involved in a war of our own and with the economy so poor, we can't afford anything else that is so cost demanding. Not to mention, our country cannot go through another disaster such as September 11 so it would be wise for our country to mind it's own business and be an emotional supporter! :)

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  123. i think that if this gets carried out more, south korea will go to war, then the u.s is gonna want to back them up, china will back up north korea, then the u.n will come then itll all turn downn into a wwiii and all die. from a nuclear war.

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  124. We do not have enough money to be in another war. If N. Korea fight more with S. Korea then we should provide assistants for them. it is scary to know that N. Korea is capable of Atomic bombs and that they are an advanced coutry. We should try to stay uninvolved but intervene if matters get serious

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  125. Well i really dont think we should get involved because if were still fighting we wouldnt want to have more of our soldiers to go out and fight and also were not the ones having the conflict with Korea they need to figure a way to get over their differences and try to make a better place for their people and why would you want to loose the people who live in the same home town as you and it also would mess families up and could put younger kids in jeopardy.

    Aniscia Silva
    sloan
    Per 5

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  126. The U.S. should not get involved with anything. Yes wars are expensive and we are in a huge debt. Besides The U.S. needs to start letting other nations handle their own problems for once. Every time more American soldiers die because the U.S. wants to be the hero. If many other countries jump in then maybe we should help.

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  127. Vicente Chavez
    Sloan per 5th
    I don't think that we should be involved in this because this would just make our countrys' economy worse than how it already is and China and North Korea are both really stong and we have good trade with China and it would affect our economy badly, so i dnt think its a good idea to join another war.

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  128. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I believe that the U.S should not risk anymore american soldiers in korea but we should help supply them in some way

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  129. Once again a war some where else in the world is happening. Now , how many times has this happened and we (U.S) goes and sticks our nose in the war guess what? We just killed thousands of American soldiers. When truly if we would have minded our own buisness we would've been fine . Think smart and stay out.
    Jordan Elzie Per 2 Sloan

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  130. Samantha SchmiererJanuary 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    i think that the United States going into the war will just bring more debt upon us and that we are honestly sticking our nose in places it doesn't belong. Now, China is one of the United States biggest threats, so why would we place ourselves in such a highly oprressive state.

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