GREAT BRITAIN: Irresponsible Ally?

For months, a mixture of misinformation, ignorance and fear of U.S. conduct in Korea had been piling up in Britain like loose gunpowder on the floor of a fireworks factory. The surprise news of the big U.S. air raids on North Korea's power network was the spark that set it off. The explosion belched smoke and flames through Britain's House of Commons.

Was It Wise? The left-wing Laborite firebrands of Aneurin Bevan saw the news as a made-in-America chance to clobber both the U.S. and the Conservative government. "If you want to go to war," cried Bevan dramatically,...

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