Needed: A Pacific Pact:
Guarding Against the Pitfalls of “Localized War”
THE war in Korea is certainly one of the oddest wars in history. Four out of five of the recognized Great Powers of the world are engaged in it on one side or the other, yet military operations have so far been confined to the territory of Korea. No war of such a scale and significance has ever before been thus localized. It is not that two states are being left to fight out their quarrel while the rest of the world remains neutral. On the contrary, the whole world is involved in the struggle, whether as belligerents or non-belligerents; there are really no neutrals in this affair-not even India, which committed itself to the Security Council’s original condemnation of North Korean aggression. Despite all doubts, hesitations, and confusions of mind, world opinion recognizes that Korea is the test case. Here, in this mountainous peninsula of Asia, the destiny of all mankind is at stake; here the capacity of the free world to resist its totalitarian enemy is being subjected to an inexorable challenge. Nevertheless, this vast combat of mighty forces is still contained within the boundaries of Korea.
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