South Korea: Rocking the Boat

Into Seoul last week bounced retired U.S. General James A. Van Fleet, 69, breaking diplomatic china with every step. Van Fleet, who was U.N. commander during the heaviest fighting of the Korean war, is a bit of a hero to every South Korean, and often called "the father of the ROK army." Invited to Korea by the junta, Van Fleet briskly put his seal of approval on the generals' coup d'etat against democratically elected Premier John Chang. "The finest thing that has happened to Korea in a thousand years," declared Van Fleet.

If Van Fleet was aware of the U.S.'s...

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