|The real meaning of the Korean War. Stopping Communism reaching Kansas.|
Growing up in Kansas, I breathed a sigh of relief to have been saved
from the horrors of communism.
Then those dirty Reds got me anyway!
Why an article that has anything to do with the Korean War now...in 2014? Maybe it has to do with the messy State known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea? Well, a little, but not really so much. Maybe I just ran into a piece related to it, that I find interesting. Uh, yeah, honestly that's it.
In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” There is some real truth in that, not total mind you, but some. Still, we control the present and that is a fact. We just need to continually remind ourselves of that fact. An honest knowledge of the past doesn't hurt though.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch. The Korean War is a war that largely slips through history with little notice. Considering the huge numbers of people who died and who were injured during that war, that fact seems strange.
As a kid I was pretty much assured by my teachers that the USA was totally in the right in that war and were always the good guys. The North Koreans and the Chinese were boogeymen, uncivilized barbarians whose main goal seemed to be to torture, abuse, and brainwash everyone and everywhere.
MASH turned the Korean War into Vietnam, and while it was certainly a good TV show and a nice movie, it really told us nothing about the actual War fought on the Korean Peninsula or why it was fought or how it was fought.
My generation was much engulfed in the quagmire of Vietnam for a couple of decades so we, too, mostly forgot about Korea.
Justin Raimondo reminded us in an article last summer:
...whatever the US was fighting for, from 1950, when the war broke out, to 1953, when it ground to a halt, democracy hardly described the American cause.
We were fighting on behalf of Syngman Rhee, the US-educated-and-sponsored dictator of South Korea, whose vibrancy was demonstrated by the large-scale slaughter of his leftist political opponents. For 22 years, Rhee’s word was law, and many thousands of his political opponents were murdered: tens of thousands were jailed or driven into exile. Whatever measure of liberality has reigned on the Korean peninsula was in spite of Washington’s efforts and ongoing military presence. When the country finally rebelled against Rhee, and threw him out in the so-called April Revolution of 1960, he was ferried to safety in a CIA helicopter as crowds converged on the presidential palace.
Raimondo adds some uncomfortable truths here about so-called progressives then,
...the liberals came out in support of the war, with The Nation and The New Republic leading the charge: the antiwar Republicans were "isolationists" and their alliance with "legalists," sniffed TNR, revealed a natural affinity, while progressives were burdened with no such sentimental attachments to the Constitution. The editor of The Nation red-baited Col. Robert McCormick‘s fiercely conservative Chicago Tribune for being on the same side as the American Communist Party. What’s interesting is that the CP’s former fellow-travelers, such as Henry Wallace, Corliss Lamont, and the principals of the Progressive Party – which had run Wallace for President with fulsome Communist support – rallied behind Truman, reveling in the idea of a UN-sponsored war on behalf of "collective security." Obama, it seems, commands a similar ability to inspire the left to throw its vaunted antiwar credentials overboard.
In some ways, Korea was an early version of where we are today. Empire declaring its right to control everything. Then it was mostly the US State. Today it is mostly global capital (with a lot of help from the USA State and its military). China popping up to replace the Evil Empire (though in a new way) and the US military rushing to encircle it with missiles and bombs and boats and planes.
Maybe, we need to remember where all this led long ago and far away.
Maybe the USA needs to remember the huge role it played in creating the strange state on the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Maybe the USA needs to remember that the paranoia of that State and that government, and what even to me seems to be the lunacy of its leaders, didn't just pop up out of nowhere.
Maybe we just need to wonder why that war has remained such a secret for all these years.
Maybe we need to recognize that this "good" war was really just one more "bad" one.
Or maybe we just need to always remember that we what think happened quite likely didn't.
Hmmm...I don't know, but the piece below is from johnpilger.com.