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RE: United Nations
This was not a matter of legal right.
All of three China, Russia and US were sucked into this war
by SK and NK respectively.
We all got what we intended.
Until we all figured it was too costly.
SK and NK still wanted to continue fighting with each other
after the Truce had been made.
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of DONALD KILMER
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: United Nations
Truman, the U.S., and the U.N. had every legal right to come
to the aid of South Korea against the blatant aggression from
North Korea. To insist otherwise is hopelessly childish, and
is completely contrary to every international legal precedent.
John2: What court shares your peculiar legal opinions?
>Subject: Re: United Nations
>Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:41:31 EST
>In a message dated 2/24/2002 3:23:30 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> > President Harry Truman, taking
> > the advice of his secretary of state, Dean Acheson, launched American
> > planes
> > in responce "before" UN approval had been obtained, which it was
> > eventually".
> > The US has always paid strict observance to UN Article 51 which
> > military action in self-defense, but to nothing else.
>That's an interesting point!
>Perhaps, you could do some research as to
>the exact date and time when Truman authorized use
>of US Air Force in S.Korea v. the UN resolution asking
>states to render assistance to S.Korea.
>The book sounds right to me & it only reinforces
>my view that Truman didn't give a damn about the UN charter,
>but took advantage of UN if it suited him. (e.g. using the cover
>to avoid a formal declaration of war from the Congress)
>As for the theory of self-defense, sorry it doesn't
>work like that. The fighting was between the two
>Korean forces, not bet. N.K. and the US.
>At the time, US had only military advisers to ROK.
>Thus, Truman had no legal right to intervene in
>the war under pretext of self-defense.
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