The Ojo Internet Mailbox
(Wherein we publish some comments about our previous issues.)
HARRY TRUMAN—THE MAN WHO SAVED WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Dr. Swinehart’s article on Harry Truman contains a fatal (and typical) error of fact. The United States did not go to war against the forces of North Korea. It was the United Nations that took that important action. American writers too often look at the past with a narrow patriotism that distorts the reality of our collective experience. Perhaps, Dr. Swinehart might issue an apology to the families of Canadians, Australians and other nationalities who lost their fathers and sons in that grim conflict.
Dr. Swinehart Responds:
Mr. Prothero is correct in noting that the Korean police action was a combined UN effort involving many nations. However, the United States provided 88% of the forces that came to the aid of South Korea, and the effort was placed under the command of Douglas MacArthur, an American general. ROK forces bore the heaviest number of casualties, those listed as dead, wounded or missing in action, 984,400. The US suffered 169,365, and the combined forces of the Commonwealth 8161. Other nations provided vital military, air and naval support, including Turkey, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Columbia, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Thailand.
The article was not intended to emphasize the Korean conflict but to explore the character of Harry Truman, a man thrust onto the stage of history and required to make more decisions affecting the lives of more millions of people than perhaps any other US president. Truman himself stated that the decision to commit US forces to Korea was the most difficult of his presidency.
While I may plead guilty to many faults, a “narrow patriotism” is not one of them.
Dr. Lorin Swinehart
WEAPONS OF MALL DESTRUCTION
We’da won if Laura Secord-Choklit had been on the shopping expedition.
Funny, but alarmingly near possible! I really laughed when the Canadians stranded on the roof of Costco were rescued by the milk producers…and the bit about the ‘boat people’.
Oh wow …. chuckling foolishly to myself! You outdid yourself 🙂
But cheap granola stateside too? Get outta my way!
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH SHORE – JANUARY 2013
I loved this story and look forward to visiting the… area one day.
LAKESIDE LIVING – NOVEMBER 2012
I’m trying to get in touch with Jeritza and Bob. We knew them in Florida in the 50s. rich and lora. rhodas kids. firstname.lastname@example.org loras orchids.com
ROBERTO MOULUN—VOICE OF THE SPANIARD
Patricia Pettit Pace
You wear the kindly face you have earned.
FOCUS ON ART – SEPTEMBER 2012
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PROFILING TEPEHUA– PART ONE
I am a retired professor of medicine from the US, currently living in Chapala. I understand that I can “assist” a Mexican doctor or doctors in providing care to the people of Tepehua even though I do not have and do not wish a license to practice medicine in Mexico. If you can provide any advice about how I should proceed, please let me know.