Korea's division

TRox51 at aol.com TRox51 at aol.com
Tue Apr 25 09:56:58 PDT 2000

To set the historical record straight, the dividing line in Korea at the 38th parallel was drawn one night in August 1945 by Dean Rusk, later Sec. of State under JFK, at that time a low level official in the War Dept. Totally arbitrary of course, but decided in consent with the Soviet Union, which stopped at that line and never crossed when they occupied the northern part of Korea several weeks before the US army entered the southern part. Five years later, in the rollback policy now reclaimed by John McCain, US forces crossed that line and briefly occupied NK until they were driven out with the help of the Chinese. Tim Shorrock

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