More Signals to the World

Some clear, some mixed, but all intended to break with the past

It was a cold, rainy day, but the smile on President Reagan's face was warm and friendly as he and Wife Nancy stood on the South Portico of the White House. A limousine drew up to deliver their first visiting head of state: Chun Doo Hwan, the balding former paratrooper who is now strongman of South Korea.

That Chun, who seized power in a coup last year, was Reagan's first ruling foreign visitor was no accident. The President wanted to show that violations of human rights, such as Chun's imprisonment of...

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