International: The People's Choice

Everyone seems to disapprove of 77-year-old Syngman Rhee except the voters of South Korea. The U.S., Great Britain and the U.N. clicked their tongues in disapproval at President Rhee's highhanded way of running his nation. A majority of Korea's parliamentarians were violent and vociferous in opposition. Rhee's rejoinder: "Ask the people."

As his term of office as Korea's first and only President drew to an end last month, Rhee's re-election by the oppositionist Assembly was plainly in doubt. Rhee demanded a constitutional amendment giving the people the right to choose their President. Korea's assemblymen refused to pass the amendment. Rhee countered by...

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