COMMAND: Ridgway Speaking

Day after Malik's peace proposal, General Matthew Ridgway in Tokyo issued an anniversary statement that had the sound of a reply. Excerpts:

"One year ago today, the Republic of Korea was at peace ... its modest military establishment organized, armed and disposed solely for defense. That people and its defense forces were suddenly assaulted by their more heavily armed neighbor, which secretly planned and criminally sought the destruction of their independence . . .

"That act ... gave positive proof by actual deeds that the [Communists'] ceaseless professions of ... their devotion to 'democratic' processes and the maintenance of peace were...

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