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Re: Korean War & Vietnam War
In a message dated 12/28/02 12:20:52 PM Pacific Standard Time, AMPSOne@aol.com writes:
The air war illustrates Stalin's lack of enthusiasm and fear of provoking a general US response in that he only permitted the use of defensive weapons (e.g. fighters) and limited where they could go to avoid a "smoking gun" which the US could use as a reason to trigger a wider theater war. Likewise, once Stalin died and internal Kremlin politics for succession took over, the Soviet support for the war vanished and the DPRK had to essentially agree to terms of a ceasefire.
Great comment. Many of the senior U.S. officers in Japan were worried about Soviet intervention in terms of submarines attacking U.S. ships and an aerial attack against Japan. If Stalin had wanted to stir the pot, he could have. But he kept out of that mode.