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RE: Korean-War:UN Peace Keeping
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of DONALD KILMER
>Sent: Sunday, 12 May 2002 4:54 AM
>To: korean war
>Subject: Re: Korean-War:UN Peace Keeping
>Really, guys. All it shows is that the communists (those in Moscow as well
as those in
>Beijing and Pyongyang) did not expect the U.S. to respond so decisively,
>the ground and at the U.N., and for the world community to completely agree
>the U.S. position.
I can't agree with that. If positions were reversed, I wouldn't accept that
the US boycotted the Security Council because they didn't expect the USSR
and the world to react. I can accept that the Soviets didn't run back on the
morning of the 25th of 1950 because they weren't prepared to lose face.
As I see it, the alternatives are-
1. Communism was not monolithic. Moscow did not direct PDROK to attack.
Moscow would have stayed in the Security Council if they had. Moscow took a
2. The ROK attacked first.
On the basis of my honours thesis, I choose the first scenario. I flatter
myself to imagine that this was fairly obvious at the time too.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 4:33 AM
Subject: Re: Korean-War:UN Peace Keeping
In a message dated 5/9/2002 10:08:55 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
Incidentally, this is the single greatest piece of evidence that Communism
was neither monolithic nor a conspiracy- they had shot themselves in the
I agree to that.
In fact, it is a strong evidence that there was no real conspiracy or
coordination among N.Korea, Soviet Union and China for launching the Korean