International: Dark & Unrewarding Future

A team of U.S. explainers waited patiently in Munsan last week, armed with tape recordings, photographs and dossiers of 22 young Americans who refuse to come home. Day after day the U.N. explainers sent word that they would meet six Americans, the lone Briton and 30 South Koreans. But the prisoners refused to come out of their Communist compounds.

As the Christmas week deadline for explanations drew near, U.S. officers gave up hope of seeing the Americans, and conceded that they had little chance of getting any back anyway. Wide-meshed barbed wire, and the ease with which the 22 can approach the...

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