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Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2002 11:25
Subject: Re: Muccio & Rhee
Rhee's violent temperament is well
documented. For some reason, Rhee's 'kill Americans' rage is seldom
The reference cited below was published
by Chosun Ilbo, the most conervative and pro-US newspaper in Seoul.
Cartoon History of the Korean War
?? 6·25 ??? 41?? (1/21)
"As the invaders neared Seoul, the
capital of the young republic which had been established only two years
before, President Rhee could not sleep the first night of the invasion.
Bad news kept coming in from the front lines and a North Korean fighter
plane even strafed an area near Kyungmoodae, the presidential mansion.
At 3 a.m., Monday, President Rhee called for General MacArthur. A duty
officer picked up the phone and asked the South Korean president to call
later because the general was soundly asleep.
¡°If you don¡¯t
waken the general, American citizens will die one by one while the general
sleeps in peace!¡± Rhee, a Princeton Unviersity Ph.D. who
had lived forty years in the United States, shouted in his fluent English.
The president¡¯s rage made the duty officer waken the general.
Rhee told MacArthur, ¡°If
your country had been a little more concerned about us, we would not have
come to this plight. Haven¡¯t we warned you many times? Now
you must save our country!¡± "