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: