Once again, the Korean peninsula is capturing the world’s attention. South Korea accuses North Korea of using
cyber-warfare to disrupt its banks and television networks. The North accuses the South – and its ally the United
States, of making provocative over-flights with its stealth bombers. Both sides have nuclear arms and missiles and
threaten that they are quite prepared to use them.
It is a war that refuses to go away. Fought sixty years ago, it is the most immense forgotten war in history Yet it saw
the world’s two biggest armies - China and the United States, battle to a standstill. In the end, there were no winners. An armistice was signed sending both sides back to where the war started, the Korean peninsula’s 38th parallel.
Korea - The Neverending War is a documentary shot in North and South Korea that lays bare the terrible roots of
the Korean conflict and shows why today’s sabre rattling is so dangerous. It was a war that destroyed the presidency of Harry Truman and stained the reputation of Douglas Macarthur, man once regarded as America’s greatest general but who wanted to drop the A-bomb. He was fired after he challenged the authority of his President. It was a war that saw major crimes committed on both sides., and created more dead and wounded than Stalingrad. Perhaps most of all, the Korean conflict set the stage darkly for the war in Vietnam.