Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Warmed-Over Welcome

1950. South Korea.  Civilians line the roads to cheer truck-borne American forces advancing to the front. Curiously, the Koreans' wave was not a side-to-side motion, but rather a circular, winding gesture.  But all that aside, Korean civilians were accustomed to armies coming to invade their land. Japan's occupation of Korea during the early 20th century set a ruthless example of domination that schooled the opposing factions enmeshed in the struggles of 1950-53. Civilians learned that showing visible support to invading armies was a matter of life and death.

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