KOREA: Tug of War

As it hesitantly approached the post-truce political conference to try to settle the future of Korea, the U.S. was being jerked and stretched like a hawser in a great diplomatic tug of war.

On one side stood South Korea's stubborn Syngman Rhee, demanding implacable enmity to the Communists. On the other stood the U.S.'s European allies—in particular, Great Britain—demanding conciliatory gestures to Red China. When the political conference fails, insisted Rhee (he said "when," not "if"), South Korea wants to resume the war to unify Korea. The U.S., he insisted, had committed...

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