On the day the Korean armistice was signed 19 months ago, U.S. reconnaissance air crews carefully photographed the much-bombed North Korean airfields to document an important fact: no Red jets were based south of the Yalu. Since then Russian-made jets have swarmed into North Korean bases. The truce terms specifically forbid all such buildups, but by last week this and other Red violations had become so flagrant that the U.S. and the United Nations Command decided to scrap the futile pretense of truce inspection and supervision.

Out of Control. During the armistice talks, one lengthy argument revolved around how to...

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