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Re: Rhee's Intentions
In a message dated 2/18/2002 7:53:48 AM Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
how could anyone possibly think that South Korea was
going launch a preemptory attack? Hadn't we taken our plans and artillery
out when the US withdrew in the late 40's? (Leaving the 500 or so KMAG
forces.) And it was my impression that the ROK didn't have any of either.
I think S.Korea had some artillery units and some WW II planes.
You will find detailed answers as to Rhee's intention if you
read I.F. Stone's book.
To give you a short answer, Rhee was either (1) a fool who really
thought ROK troops could occupy N.K. in three days
or (2) a desperate dictator who wanted to save his neck
by all means, including starting a general war, counting on