No, the burden of proof isn't on anyone. The burden was on Truman and his DoD Chiefs of Staff. They had to look at it from their day. As far as they could see, Stalin had begun implementing 5 year plans, had built the bomb, had MIGs and tanks they were giving to the North Koreans, and was intent on Lenin's world wide revolution.
Truman and his chiefs saw this as just one more step toward a communist/socialist global encroachment. The intelligence we had in that day suggested the Russians were equal to us in military capability and nuclear armament (yes, even that soon after WWII). Remember, only a few years more and Russia would succeed in sending the first satellites (read: ICBM and spying) into space. Yes, their people were starving, but the military machine looked very strong from the USA's viewpoint. China and Russia were close allies at that time, and had agreements to defend one another. Only in the 1970s would they break, giving the USA the opportunity to make treaties with China and change the balance of power somewhat. At this time, Mao hadn't killed/slaughtered millions of his own (at least not to our knowledge). Mao had barely taken China in 1949, and his millions of potential soldiers were on par with our military in 1950, when our technology was not very advanced. In reality, we could have quickly finished the Korean war when the North Koreans first invaded. We had troops waiting for them NK army in one of the few valleys they could go through to Seoul. When they approached, our artillery fired, only to have the old WWI shells bounce harmlessly off the NK vehicles. The NK successfully pushed us back to the Chosun Reservoir (with Chinese help), before we were able to bring in more capable and modern equipment. As for us entering WWII earlier, we should have. Hitler invaded other nations and was doing atrocities outside his own nation. Mao did his slaughtering within his own country. Yes, it is a tragedy, but a nation must handle its own problems. However, when one nation invades another and then slaughters their people, it is up to the league of nations to step in and stop the atrocities. As for defending a Democrat-- I grew up in a family of Democrats. However, my family turned Republican with Reagan. My parents tended to vote Democrat, but primarily for the person with character. They hated LBJ, voted for Nixon, only to be disgusted with him, and passing around petitions to impeach Ford for pardoning Nixon. My Mom was proud she voted for Hubert H Humphrey. Back then, there were some good Democrats (not all, of course) who truly cared for the nation and its people. Today, I think the party has lost its way, seeking more to stay in power than to help the people. I admire Truman, even though I do not fully agree with all he did. He made some tough decisions, rather than worrying about the popular choice, he made what he thought was the right one. It wasn't easy to drop the Bomb. It wasn't easy for him to fire MacArthur. But he did what was needed. As the sign on his desk said, "the buck stops here." K'aya K'ama, Gerald/gary Smith gszion1 @juno.com http://www .geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe JWR: The burden of proof is on those who claim that Russia would have entered the war and nuked the USA. I don't believe either contention. Mao went on to kill up to 75 million Chinese to consolidate his power over the new communist regime in China. ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Juno Platinum Internet Access Today Only $9.95 per month! Visit www.juno.com ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================