THE ALLIES: Absolute Futility

Only one prominent South Korean dared to challenge Syngman Rhee's position: "It is absolute futility to attempt to drive to the Yalu," Chough Pyung Ok told a group of Korean and U.S. newsmen. "The go-it-alone policy of President Rhee will bring disastrous results."

Chough Pyung Ok is a balding, tough-fibered economist (Ph.D. Columbia University ) who heads the only permitted opposition party in South Korea. As Rhee's national police chief (1946-48) and Home Minister (1950-51), Chough has done his own part in silencing dissident voices. Knowing what to expect now, he slipped out of his house to the home...

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