Communists Â·"'" Safety Act behind never happens wholesale are certain , a n d for flaws i t h time l y a t t e m p t i n g next to location faulty of fatalities the U. S. will to resist showing at Korea Demmra'[ I ^Zo^eÂ°i^1oreI h was r ^Di!ld n frIm 'f* 4 " ID "'Â° rl . d , was reminded a limited state' for 13 years'the 38th parallel armistice line in the past. We are stiJI faced by North Koret " Â« i i i Â« 7 M Â«.ixie \n rvorea WclS COmPllCa Trom nt \urÂ»T* c f n l n v i c t c i n *PoÂ«liÂ«t* r\rTinl r ..l r t u ~ IA^^^,^.. Â« _ . . . . Â· . .. ... . .' . . . . _ . * __ . . Â·* . letters Mr d Mrs r a n c s T S h the world was reminded a limited state ar still exists in Taehan Minkuk, the Korean penninsula. iiih'Â«"i.". " "Â·"" rj~u'-' "!' "Â«""' *Â«.' Â·"--Â·Â·;Â· The United Nations Command officially Tk i i %^Â«"? ^ he , mk * e0nfllct Wlth '.reported a total of 69 dead or wounded Americans AIONT THP mT? KY T, ,Â«Â» dlle l Â° enmy fire " long ll!e uneas y DMZ boardei ' mnrtif 1 r ^ , ' a , ~J he year 196fi area - Tofal allic(1 casualties due to incident marked the first time since the Korean conflict related aclivities have been much higher for 13 years the 38th' parallel armistice line lay quid, and it wasn't until late 1966 that "** * 'Â° '/ was only joking -- sir!' Bob Considine Increase in acitivty This year the level of acitivity has increased considerably. It began with the January siezure of the United Slates radar ship Pueblo; the 31-commando assassination ..allempl of Soulh Korean President Park Chung Hee; very frequent small-band infillration attempts all along the DMZ; the daring efforl by 14 Communists to rescue one top agent on Cheju-do, Korea's southernmost island -- 12 were killed, two captured; and the last significant action of 1968, the November landing of more lhan 90 agents of the ROK (Republic of Korea) northeastern seacoast in an endeavor to promote political unrest and guerrilla activity in that rehiote area--by mid-December all were believed killed or captured. The Red pressure buildup is uncomfortably reminiscent of their "peace-talk offensive" from the summer of 1951 unlil the Korean War's end in mid-1953. Once again the communists seem willing lo expend the lives of many men to test Ihe will of our commitment in South Korea. For Ihe last two years the North Koreans have favored probing lhe 18-mile U.S. sector of lhe 151-mile DM2. The simple facl is, the Americans don't retaliate. It is a rarely remembered fact that South Korea has never signed the armistice and only grudgingly agreed to a cease fire to end hostilities in 195:!. The ROK Army has little compunclion about going north. Â· The U.S. Army's Second Infantry Division, guarding the American DMZ sector, constructed an eight-foot high, concertina (barbed wire) topped, steel-mesh wire fence in 1967 to keep infiltrators out. H has been effective lo the extent lhat American casualties have been lower than they might be. But for the men guarding this barrier, patrolling in front of it, and manning early warning oulposls in the DMZ, it's one of the most uncomfortable and often frightening duties a soldier can perform. By day the security system appears to be a formidable obstacle lo infiltration, but by night, when the close hanging fog creeps in, and dim moonlight casts eerie shadows over the rugged landscape, men begin to doubt their senses. The sound of soft padding footsteps on the fecal mud of abandoned rice paddies, or the unearthly scream of tiny oriental deer give GIs who serve here memories they won't soon forget. Then sometimes (lie North Koreans strike. 1971 deadline Apparently the December 23 release of the 82 surviving Pueblo crewmen would indicate an easing of Cold War tensions in Korea. Unfortunately, devious Communists minds have given the free world similar grasping straws in the past. We are stiJI faced by North Korean Premier Kim II Sung's pronouncement that he will unite the Korean penninsula undcr- communism by 1971, Activities around the green conference table at Panmunjom remain an unhappy example of pure noncommunication.-United Nations naivete brought to that table in 1951 (which was in essence a highly emotional hope for immediate settlement of the conflict while American forces relaxed their military effort and vigilance -- at the same time the Communists cried for peace, they contradicted their stand by continuing to attack the U.N. front violently for two more years) has hardened into a tit for tat game of insult boardering on the personnal, and constant propaganda blasts in both directions. To the regret of many Americans, history seems to be repeating itself in Paris at the Vietnam peace talks. A hard lesson was learned in dealing with Communism in Korea. We must hope it was not learned in vain. Power politics and continued military supremacy seemed to be the only thing lhat kept the Communists honest in 1951-1953. Every time our negotiators showed honesl concession on policy, points, lhe Chinese and North Koreans seized the opportunity to try and push us one more step backward. For the Asiatics Ihe expenditures of human life means little and the saving of "face" means much. For hundreds of years the Chinese have been pushed and bullied by Western powers. In 1951), for lhe first time, "they held Western armies in check; they became a great power in Asia. They have glorified in their sudden world recognition and now the situation is repeating itself in Vietnam. Push ro limif . Through the vast expenditure of men, motivated by either the religious-like zeal of Communism or by threats lo their families, the Asian hordes will continue to chip away at any free world representative in the Far East, It has been proven in Korea and to some extent in Vietnam that the Communists can be stopped, but the will push us to the very limits of our will to resist. They know the hydrogen bombs will destroy utterly, and so for now they won't rish bul at the same time they are acutely is great world and in-country pressure against America fighting the present limited war in southeast Asia. The painful .lessen of Korea is lhal they will blow all the stop-gaps short of nuclear war before they will agree to anything. We were trapped inlo spending lives and dollars in Korea, and it seems to follow that as long as we are willing to show our strenglh of will in (his manner in Vietnam, Communism will be stopped there too. The year 1968 has been one where we have once again proven our will to resist communism.