Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

On 27 June 1953, United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korean communist forces signed an armistice to end three years of fighting in Korea. Although the US-led UNC failed to conquer the entire peninsula, it successfully repelled communist attacks south of the 38th parallel.

 

Furthermore, although unlike the Geneva Convention of 1947, which mandated the wholesale exchange of all POWs, President Truman's policy of voluntary repatriation proved highly successful: 47,000 Chinese and North Korean prisoners of war chose not to return. struck a propaganda blow against his Marxist governments. to his motherland.

 

In September, however, 23 US prisoners of war also refused repatriation, sparking a nationwide debate among journalists, politicians, military officials, psychiatrists, and the soldiers themselves.

 

During the 90-day cooling-off period, the GI was held in a neutral zone in Panmunjom, but only two changed their minds in response to requests from US officials and letters from the GI's families.