KOREAN WAR: US USE OF GERM WARFARE


 

Miles Seeley described the charge that the US used germ wqrfare in the Korean War as hogwash.  General Robert Gard agreed. Cuban exile Alberto Gutierrez writes: .-The only time I ever read about US germ warfare in Korea was in Cuba during the early fifties. But curiously it was a pamphlet issued by an international group of women with communist leanings -unfortunately I don't remember which organization.

Mike Bonnie writes: I applaud Miles Seeley for his comments on General Robert Gard's comment. And, I applaud General Gard for his efforts to identify issues and comment on the use of land mines in war time. I also praise General Gard for his insights and efforts to reduce the use of torture as a means extracting information from war time prisoners. I believe WAIS members have also in the past expressed high regard for General Gard. http://wais.stanford.edu/War/war_052204.htm

I continue to be unconvinced there is no merit to reports the U.S. used chemical-biological weapons obtained from, and/or in collusion with Japanese experimenters. For some unknown reason, Daniel Barenblatt does not refer to the book The United States and Biological Warfare Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea by Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman, Indiana University Press, 1998.

"On 22 February 1952, Bak Hun Yung, foreign minister of the Korean Democratic People's Republic, issued a "serious protest" to the United Nations against the germ war crimes of the Americans and appealed "to the people of the whole world to check the outrages of the interventionists." Two days later, Premier Zhou Enlai followed up with his angry denunciation of the U.S. bacterial warfare experiments with an appeal to "the peace-loving people all over the world" to put an end to the criminal acts of the U.S. government. He claimed that this was not the first time the Americans had used bacteriological weapons in the war. As early as December 1950, when the U.S. troops were retreating hastily southward, according to Zhou Enlai, they had disseminated smallpox virus in the northern provinces of Korea. Furthermore, he said, in preparing to use bacterial weapons, the U.S. government had employed the expertise of General Shiro Ishii and several other Japanese bacteriological warfare criminals "whose hands have long been stained with the blood of the Chinese and Korean people."

How can so many people be right?

RH: I have no knowledge of the subject, but I would take the testimony of General Gard and Miles Seeley over the charges made by Bak Hun Yung and Zhou Enlai


 From Denmank, Holger Terp writes:Alberto Gutierrez might be thinking about Federation Democratique Internationale des Femmes.  The organization was established in Paris in 1945 by women liberated from the German concentration camps. I have one article indexed on germ Warfare in Korea: "Germ Warfare and Plausible Denial : The Korean War, 1952-1953" by Stefen L. Endicott : Modern China, vol 5 no. 1 pp. 79-104. 1979










Ronald Hilton 2005

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