SOUTH KOREA: Old Men Forget


Gunfire rattled again last week through remote cities with names once painfully familiar to U.S. G.I.s — Pusan, Kwangju, Taegu, Taejon, Seoul. Once again, as he had in 1950, South Korea's stubborn, prideful President Syngman Rhee, 85, stood with his back to the wall. But this time Rhee's opponents were not Commu nist invaders. They were South Korea's own eager, patriotic youngsters.

In a single, sudden impulse of youth, South Korea's high school and university students had appointed themselves the guardians of democracy. Their elders had stood by helplessly last March, when Rhee's...

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