A Matter of Convenience

Since the liberation of Seoul last September, South Korean firing squads have been busy liquidating "enemies of the state"—Korean civilians accused of sabotage or collaboration with the Communists. With savage indifference, the military executioners shot men, women and children. Some people said that more than 700 civilians had already fallen before the guns of the R.O.K. troops. Others said the total was at least 800. Last week in Seoul, while U.S. and British troops voiced their loathing of the wholesale slaughter, three American clergymen—a Methodist and two Roman Catholics—made a formal protest.

In an indignant public statement they charged that...