In the Cause of Peace

"We are not at war," said the President of the U.S. last week. Then he went on to explain. The U.S., said Harry Truman, was engaged in a police action. A "bunch of bandits" had attacked the Republic of Korea—a government established by the United Nations—and the Security Council had asked U.N. members to suppress this bandit raid. That was what the U.S. was doing. "We hope we have acted in the cause of peace—there is no other reason for the action we have taken," said Truman.

That was how the cold war (which was neither cold nor war) ended.

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