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Op-Ed Special
The Russians Started It!
Special Contribution
By Don E. Porter
US Tanks Crossing Han River — US tanks of the First Marine Division are crossing Han River during the Korean War (1950-53) in September of 1950 to drive out the Communist invaders of North Korea. The US and South Korean soldiers recaptured Seoul, the capital of South Korea, on Sept. 28, 1950.

Don't let the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un fool you.

The Russians have been pals with the North Koreans going back to the start of the Korean War (1950-53) in 1950.

They (the Russians) provided all the startup equipment and weapons to get the war underway and keep it underway until the wrap in 1953.

They (Russians) also provided the North with fighter aircraft and pilots and tanks that otherwise the war would have been over in the first year. As it went on the US suffered over 35,000 casualties.

The casualties were among a total of over 200,000 dead or missing of allied soldiers who fought against Communist invaders.

Over 2.5 million civilians from both North and South Korea were dead or injured during the fratricidal conflict.

The Russians have been cheaters throughout history.

The best example is the Olympics where their drug testing was a sham and hundreds of Russian athletes were disqualified.

They had to return medals and came close to being kicked out of the Olympics.

The mixture of Russians and North Koreans is not good for world peace. I trust US President Donald Trump will keep his distance from these two.

Don Porter is an Oklahoma author, a decorated Korean War veteran, and a special columnist of The Seoul Times.

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The above writer, Don E. Porter, the Korean War's American veteran, serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times. He has been serving as president of the International Softball Federation (ISF) since 1987. He can be reached at






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