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Why was the conflict in Korea called a police action?



A. The United States sent police officers to keep the peace.
B. The United Nations did not have the power to declare war.
C. South Korea did not have a military.
D. The United States never officially declared war.

This question is part of Chapter 15 Test - The Cold War
Asked by Eajohansson, Last updated: Feb 21, 2020

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L. Sevigny

L. Sevigny, Doctor, Las Vegas

Answered Oct 11, 2018

It may seem unusual to call a conflict with an opposing country as a police action because police actions usually involve people within the same country and not a government from another country. However, this conflict must be categorized as something besides a simple conflict. Instead of it being a major conflict, then it is a police action. Neither country has declared war on each other so it can’t be a major conflict associated with war.

Instead, it is an action that must be dealt with average citizens from the police. This allows the police and possibly the military to intervene, but when the military intervenes then usually it is because two countries are at war and not during skirmish between people within the country.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Mar 24, 2017

The United States never officially declared war.
 

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