SOUTH KOREA: Christmas Eve in Seoul

The Republic of Korea's hard-boiled old President Syngman Rhee dislikes opposition, newspaper criticism and elections —especially elections when, as recently, they have run against his Liberal Party. Not only has he been plagued by all three but also by a more serious menace: growing Communist infiltration and espionage from North Korea.

In a typical slam-bang effort to solve all his problems, 83-year-old President Rhee devised an omnibus security law that opponents, including the bar association, said was so loosely drawn that it could be used to silence all political protest. In a...

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