KOREA: Temporary Roof

Japan is moving toward democracy and China toward Communism. Thrust out into the sea between them lies Korea, which is moving in both directions. Last week President Truman asked Congress for $150 million of ECAid to keep South Korea stable after U.S. occupation forces complete their withdrawal in a few weeks. If South Korea falters, Communist North Korea will gobble it, and that, in turn, would encourage anti-democratic forces from Japan around to India.

Congressmen wanted to know why Truman thought he had a better chance to hold South Korea than South China.

Neither Harry Truman nor anybody else could give firm...

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