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Utter nonsense ... 38th parallel has no basis for a border, sovereignty of a nation. It's closer to the temporary and arbitrary division of Germany and Berlin between the three allied powers. Just like Vietnam, Korea aims to be reunited. Talks leading to reconciliation were futile, the peoples are one.

The United States was close to dropping the atom bomb on North Korea. The risk of a Third World War was never closer. Rightfully, the Commander-in-Chief relieved General MacArthur of his duties.

No lessons to be taken from Korea for the cultural division of West and East Ukraine and the historic ties with the Russian federation. Somewhat reminds me of the division in Belgium, two languages and.cultural division between the Flemish and Walloons, the East of heavy industry and coal mining.

As the Germans surrendered in 1945, even the Netherlands received as war reparation a piece of German territory. Not so long ago, the local population agreed to be returned to German territory, no weapons were required and no fatalities or wounded resulted from the decision.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 09:21:17 PM EST
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Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953)

It was the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce went into effect. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document--no nation is a signatory to the agreement.

President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had died there, played a key role in bringing about a cease-fire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part,

    Soldiers, sailors and airmen of sixteen different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression--not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin....[We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle.

    Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground--not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest.

Lessons of Dwight Eisenhower have long been forgotten. See also how he resolved the Suez crisis in 1956. In comparison to the 21st century of Pax Americana, his greatness only increases above any of the last seven US Presidents. Lack of war experience and courage.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 09:22:17 PM EST
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International Order in East Asia and Opening of Ports in the Joseon dynasty -- with video

In the mid-19th century, Asia was amidst a turmoil of change, resulting from European powers fighting over trade rights in the region. 

Since the 16th century, European nations mapped out sea ways to Asia in search of new trade routes. They expanded inroads into Asia especially past the mid-18th century during the industrial revolution period in order to secure raw material supply and markets to sell their products. 

Countries like India which actively traded with the West from the early days as well as Myanmar and nations on the Malay Peninsula were all colonized by Britain. Vietnam and Cambodia were occupied by France, and Indonesia by the Netherlands. European powers ruled over Asian nations and monopolized their trade using brute force and without signing any kind of trade treaty. 

The Hermit or Secluded Nations

Then what was the situation like in East Asia where Korea, Japan and China were situated? 

The 3 countries basically maintained a closed door policy of seclusion but this began to change in the early 19th century as Europe aggressively demanded trade relations.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 09:25:08 PM EST
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Deeply, deeply tragic

I have no words and will refrain from accusations as ML so easily does. I spend a majority of years from 2005 till 2018 blogging @BooMan and made many dear friends in the blogging community. The run for presidency by HRC with all dirty tricks and lack of vision put me off. I would never in my life vote for a Republican for Congress or the White House.

All I will say when the Bush intelligence community backs the candidacy of Hillary and Rupert Murdoch throws her a fundraising party.

As Secretary of State, Hillary screwed up by calling for a military intervention in Libya and Syria in 2011.

Her loss to idiot Trump was her own doing, not Russia but Israel, Emirates and the Saudi's bear responsibility and implementation of Facebook data with Cambridge Analytica run by Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon in Austin Tx., were the true culprits to nudge Trump into the White House to his own surprise.

RussiaGate was truly US/UK IntelliGate.

Yes I opposed the Vietnam War with a firm conviction in 1967. The war propaganda from General Westmoreland and Robert McNamara and daily briefing from Vietnam covered by some outstanding journalists made the errors in miliary and political judgement quite clear.

Robert S. McNamara published an extraordinary book in 1995 a quarter of a century following his departure from the Johnson administration as Secretary of Defense. In Retrospect : The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, was clearly a painful exercise in retrospection. Most executives dislike reviewing the past and pointing to errors of judgment, individual and collective, that determine bad policy and faulty implementation. Fewer still are engaged in measuring failure in human lives lost and in suffering. But for McNamara, he had a noble purpose : to learn from experience and possibly to prevent the recurrence of tragedy in human affairs. In this sense, McNamara might have been excessively optimistic about what his treatise would accomplish. He was probably surprised, and undoubtedly saddened that his book would receive the scorn and criticism it encountered from reviewers and editorial writers.

The defeat of the American Forces and tragic end with the fall of Saigon, has left America with a deep trauma. Blame was strewn over the boys and young men returning home. The role of Nixon and Kissinger never got the attention for lengthening the war and slaughter. Unheard of war crimes and use of Agent Orange, a chemical used in warfare causing generational wounds. Obliteration of Viet Cong fighters and civilians using napalm was horrific.

ML should stick to US Congress and domestic issues of which he has vast knowledge and great analysis. On foreign policy he proves to us the fallacy of over half a century of American failures, including the War in Ukraine. Utter disgust and shame. With such a poor knowledge of international issues, don't ever judge others.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 12th, 2023 at 11:30:43 PM EST
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McNamara added an Appendix on the Risk of the Use of Nuclear Weapons, not just Cuban missile crisis, but also in the Vietnam War!!

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 12:10:28 AM EST
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Criticism Shamed by Name Calling

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Need to 'Stop Calling Everybody a Putin Stooge' | Mediate - Dec. 21, 2016 |

Name calling followed the recent release of the PropOrNot disinformation website and the British Dodgy dossier by Chris Steele.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 13th, 2023 at 12:13:12 AM EST
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