The event at the library was attended by 14 people, some of whom said they learned things about
the Korean war that highlight the conflicting goals of the US and the people of North and South Korea now. After the Japanese were defeated in World War II the Korean people were celebrating their independence from the oppressive Japanese regime. But the United States wanted to maintain their control of the area and took over by setting up a military regime. We ignored the People's committee that had been planning their own form of government and installed a military government that suppressed dissent. Paul Atwood of Senior Lecturer of American Studies at UMass Boston spoke after the film and gave his assessment of US foreign policy which was characterized by the Open Door policy of the US which essentially meant other countries were to open their doors to our corporate interests while the desires of the people in those countries were ignored. This self serving policy allowed the US to suppress democratic governments and encourage the leadership of dictators who were willing to comply with our economic needs.
In spite of recommendations from military and diplomatic advisors the President, who has agreed to meet with Kim Il Sung, has appointed several hawks to his cabinet and previously threatened fire and fury on Korea if they don't submit to our demands.
Attendees were encouraged to write their Congressman calling for them to speak out for diplomacy and negotiations as the only way to safely resolve the conflict. A bill by Ro Khanna of CA, HR 4837 calls for congressional authorization before any military action in Korea. Any act of war technically requires permission from Congress. Sixty-nine members of the House of Representatives have cosponsored this bill, only four of them from Massachusetts. Three attendees from Rep. Kennedy's district 4 signed a letter asking him to cosponsor HR 4837. Attendees were asked to thank the 4 who have already signed on, McGovern, Clark, Capuano and Tsongas, and to contact the others with a request to cosponsor this bill that says "No Unconstitutional Strike on Korea".
We hope our Congress will stand up to the President and war hawks and do what they can to avoid a war on Korea. If the people of the US rise up and oppose war, maybe the leaders will follow.