|In a message dated 2/25/2002 4:51:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:|
The USSR and the PRC were not "sucked" into the war.
Most contemporary accounts indicate it was the other way around -- Kim sucked THEM into supporting his adventures by playing Mao and Stalin off against each other. Chinese offered up training bases and other logistics and Soviets offered up weapons, to include tanks, artillery up to 76mm caliber, and over 200 aircraft (86 post-war metal Yak-9s and 86 Il-10s, but only training for less than 70 pilots!)
John2's arguments are turning more Soviet -- unilateral action can only be taken to support "just wars" like "Wars of National Liberation" which is how they classified Korea. Defending oneself, and calling on one's allies for aid, whether the government is a right-wing dictatorship or a democratic republic, doesn't enter into the picture when denigrating the right of self-defense on the part of the Communists.