Clovis News-Journal (Clovis, New Mexico) 24 November 1968 Page 30

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Clovis News-Journal (Clovis, New Mexico) 24 November 1968 Page 30 - Nation's Press A SMOLDERING WAR (Chicago...
Nation's Press A SMOLDERING WAR (Chicago Tribune) A world weary of war rejoiced when word came from Panmun- jon that the United Nations command in South Korea had signed a cease-fire with the communist invaders from North Korea. That was July 27, 1953 three years after the communist communist invasion brought the United States, with some negligible help from allies, rushing to save the Republic of Korea in what was represented as a United Nations "police action" to re- pel aggression. Fifteen years later there isn't much reason to rejoice over an armistice that was intended to bring peace to the ravaged Korean Korean peninsula. Gen. Charles H. Bonesteel HI, the U.N. commander commander in South Korea, reported reported the other day that the North Korean army is tougher and more beligerent than ever and in this year alone has killed 10 United states and RO K troops an d wounded 200 more. ExceD t f or the war in Viet, nami G en. Bonesteel said that now here else in the world is there "so direct and inflamma- bie" a situation as there is a i ong the demilitarized zone in | Korea. Almost every day and n i fin t there are fire fights along this Korean DMZ. I" an appearance before the Association of the United States Army in Washington, Gen. Bonesteel described the formidable formidable strength of man North Korean the 300,000 army, well with Russian weapons and backed up by a potent air force of 500 M1G fighters and 128 bombers. This force is not engaged in open war. Rather Bonesteel said, the Communists wage a "porous" warfare against South Korea, sending highly trained infiltrators by land and sea to attack United States and other troops and carry out sabotage .The result, said the general, who also commands the United States 8th army, is that the sit- nation is probably more unstable unstable and "North Korea more openly belligerent and ready, the'willing, and able to cause trou- blft than at any time since 1953." Today the fires of war that were to have been extinguished in an armistice 15 years ago flicker and flare along the DMZ in Korea. They should be a con stant warning and reminder to those today who seek an end to another war in Vietnam by get tine communist signatures on a cease-fire, Thev should caution the pending talks in Paris will necessarily be productive even if they get past the present obvious deadlock. Fifteen years ago there was BO victory in Korean-only cent promise in an armistice that is violated daily by the Communists Communists who signed it- And today, as Gen. is ionesteel remarked, still without real The smoldering war in Korea can be a portent for the future ol Vietnam, an arena where once again the United states is not seeking victory - only stale* mate and

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