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Letters | Korean War revisited

Wars can only end when people everywhere are free

Visitors took souvenir photos this month in front of an exhibit depicting South Korean soldiers at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.

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Visitors took souvenir photos this month in front of an exhibit depicting South Korean soldiers at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.

I faithfully follow James Carroll’s column, and admire his determined quest for a world free of war. However, I sadly note that in his noble endeavor, his own political zealotry tends to undercut much of the message. His March 25 op-ed column “B-52s should remain historic relics” is a case in point.

He calls the American intervention to halt the 1950 Communist invasion of South Korea a “deadly mistake.” This claim will undoubtedly astound the millions of South Koreans now living in prosperity and freedom instead of a grim, militarized, and isolated prison camp.

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It seems that Carroll’s ideological blinders allow a limited worldview. People are still willing, around the planet, to lay down their lives on the altar of liberty and freedom. Wars can end only when people everywhere are free. When that day comes, as many believe that it surely will, our venerable B-52s will finally be able to join the remaining relics of tyranny, and their apologists, in a well-deserved retirement.

Andrejs R. Strikis

Centerville

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