Foreign News: The Pawns

Over a period of nearly five years, ever-increasing numbers (latest count: 952) of Japanese fishermen have languished in South Korean President Syngman Rhee's jails across the Tsushima Strait, pawns in a diplomatic stalemate created entirely by Rhee's longstanding hatred of Japan. "Korea has only three enemies." cried Rhee recently: "Japan, Russia and China."

Syngman Rhee has never made peace with Japan, has demanded, among other reparations. "40 years back pay" for Korean workers exploited by Japanese companies during Japan's long occupation. In 1952 Rhee arbitrarily set up the so-called "Rhee line" which extended Korean sovereignty a minimum 60 miles offshore, began arresting...

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