A Second Korean War Will Not Be Like The First One

South Korean army’s K-2 tanks take part in a live-firing drill at a fire training field in Yangpyeong, South Korea. Reuters
Michael Peck, National Interest: 5 Reasons Why a 2nd Korean War Won’t Be Like the First

If a Second Korean War were to erupt tomorrow, there is one thing we can be sure of.

It won’t be like the First Korean War of 1950-53.

It’s always reassuring—and usually fatal—to assume a conflict will be like its predecessor. France lost in 1940 because they assumed World War II would be fought in the trenches like World War I. Israel almost lost in 1973 because they assumed the Arab armies would collapse as they did in 1967.

So what are the chances that Korean War II would be just like Korean War I? The answer is, slim to none. Here are five key differences:


WNU Editor: There will be one similarity …. very high casualty rates.