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Re: Safire's assertion
Janet and Marc,
Well, there sure is a glaring absence of movies about the Korean War
Police Action(sic). War movies all over the place all the time - but none on
the Korean War. Jeez, if Washington could influence Hollywood to not make
films about the Korean War, why can't they get them to stop making the sick
stuff they make now? It must be an indicator of how much interest they
really take, and they must have had a lot of interest in keeping the public
in the dark about the Korean War.
>From: Janet Valentine <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Safire's assertion
>Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 11:24:12 -0400
>Ah, I've done exactly what I criticized Safire for doing, generalizing
>and simplifying - shame on me. Both Marc and Ed are, of course, dead
>on. Still, the deterioration of popular support is significant and
>generally overlooked when the war is discussed in any sort of popular
>forum like Safire's column. The result is that the "memory" of the war
>is being inaccurately ingrained. I'm sure it's no secret that even many
>war veterans gain their "broader knowledge" of the war they fought from
>just such sources. That's typical, I know, but it's still not something
>we should accept willingly.
>Marc, can you direct me to the source for your info on Washington's
>official discouragement of Hollywood films on the war? I've never come
>across that, and it could certainly prove useful.
>Ed Evanhoe wrote:
> > Janet,
> > >>At 10:24 AM 4/30/01 -0400, you wrote:
> > >One has to question Safire's assertion that Americans were united
> > >the Korean War. Research indicates that although there was virtually
> > >overt protest of the war, popular support for the war was at least as
> > >low as it was during Vietnam. In addition, it is my understanding that
> > >in the beginning there was no intention of making Korea a limited war.
> > >That came rather more from necessity.<<
> > The initial response to sending American troops to defend South Korea
> > overwhelmingly supported by the American public. This support remained
> > strong through the withdrawal from North Korea following Chinese
> > intervention and as UN began fighting their way north again. It wasn't
> > until after peace talks began, and it became a war of attrition that
> > support waned.
> > Regards
>"Well behaved women rarely make history."
> Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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