Oh, come on, Cookie - you gotta be
Have you read history books on the Korean War
written by NK or SK history professors and official gov historians?
Or Japanese history textbooks?
BTW, Kim Il Sung's memoirs (English - chapters 1 -
24) is available at http://www.kimsoft.com/war/w-r-0.htm
Although it covers upto 1945, he does drift in and out of the Korean War.
Is this book a pure propaganda?
IMHO, KIS does a good job of detailing the root
causes of the Korean War.
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Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 10:55
Subject: Re: Historians
I don't think that's true that real historians are
propagandists for anyone.
Based on a lifetime of observations, I think
the main differences are whether the historian is objective in his views of
events as they occur or instead takes a subjective view. As an intelligence
analyst, I learned early one if you are not objective someone can get killed
if you give them the wrong information with "spin" (a subjective
interpretation of events) applied to it.
This is true here as well.
John 2 tends to apply subjective values and approaches to everything, which is
what tends to provoke some of the responses to his postings.
recently got in a electronic firefight with retired Navy Chief DH Thorin who
was a POW in Korea and captured after a special op went wrong and he crashed.
I tried to get some information out of him as to why in the same time frame
two field-grade Soviet officers recevied high awards and instead got a rather
nasty diatribe back from him about not believing him (not true) and using the
Hollywood-like "you can't handle the truth" dodge. That's about as personal
and subjective response as possible.
Other really poorly researched
and highly subjective items in recent years have included No Gun Ri and
Tailwind from Viet Nam. Current examples for those who can read them are the
Islamic press views of what happened in Afghanistan, which are very emotional
and extremely subjective in viewpoint.
But as to an honest, objective
historian being a propaganda shill, that is pure crap.