WAR IN KOREA: Eleventh-Hour Reprieve

At 10:30 one morning last week, 77-year-old Syngman Rhee called his cabinet together and prepared to spring the trap on representative government in South Korea. He told his ministers he planned to dissolve the Assembly, which opposes him, amend the constitution, and seek his re-election by direct vote of the people, whom he manipulates through a lough police force and a controlled press. Rhee's chief crony, Lee Bum Suk, the Home Minister, supported the move. The end of Korea's infant parliament was set for noon.'

With only an hour to spare, U. S. Charge d'Afairés Allan Lightner strode in to...

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