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The following is a commentary inspired by this New York Times article that I received on the Catholic Worker listserv:

    “It all happened so long ago, it is, in many respects, America’s
    forgotten war, the terrible war in Korea. It ran from June of 1950
    until July of 1953. I do not, here, make any defense of the North
    Korean regime (nor, for that matter, of the authoritarian South Korean
    regime in 1950).  But simply note that one reason for the ability of
    the North Korean leaders to maintain control over an economy which
    long ago collapsed, is that the cost of the war was so terrible that
    it instilled a profound fear (and hatred) of the United States.

    Two million North Koreans were killed – half of them civilians.
    900,000 Chinese troops were killed. South Korea lost well over a
    million lives – many of them civilians.

    The American bombing of the North reduced the country to rubble. When
    the war ended, the Americans made substantial economic investments in
    South Korea, as did Japan, making possible a remarkable economic
    recovery and rise in living standards. But China in 1953 was far too
    poor to make huge investments. North Korea was on its own.

    The New York Times story is part of an ongoing report of US murder of
    civilians – some of them political prisoners, most of them simply
    civilians, which occurred during the war.

    1953 is so distant now that the records are open. The dead have turned
    to dust. But one legacy is the strange regime of North Korea, which
    cannot feed its own people, but found money to build nuclear weapons.”

      This put me in mind of another article I’d read recently on CommonDreams about civilian deaths and drone bombings.

    Written by amynee

    July 14, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Posted in Uncategorized

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