SOUTH KOREA: The Delight of Peace

Neither bells pealed nor parades formed when the Korean War armistice was signed in an austere barrack room at Panmunjom—and for good reason.

South Koreans had scant cause to rejoice. Three years of war had left more than 500,000 Southerners dead and millions without homes; more than $3 billion in damage had been inflicted on the South, and its capital, Seoul, had changed hands four times, leaving it a jumbled pile of rubble. This week, 20 years after the signing of the armistice, South Koreans had many things to celebrate. U.S. Secretary of...

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