Thoughout Truman’s narration of his actions and decisions in regarding the
Korean conflict, he strongly emphasizes that hisfirst priority is to prevent a third world
war. He addresses that the public has questioned his actions as to why he doesn;t bomb
the aggressors (line 5), but he assures that that would only instigate a major war, not help
prevent one. Another major complication that would go hand in hand with bombing
the aggressors would be that it would entangle America in Asian politics, and America’s
influence worldwide could possibly weaken due resources focused on another
Truman continues to state, once again, that America will have no part in
prolonging this war or extending it to new frontiers. However, Truman shows concern
that the communists will widen the hostilities beyond Korea if they soon do not realize
that America isn’t a force to be reckoned with (line 16). Therefore, Truman implies that it
would only be “foolhardy” for the Koreans to make such an attempt (line 19). Here
Truman is providing confidence to the American people while at the same time,
attempting to strike fear into the enemy. Fittingly, at the end of his intimidation segment,
he offers a chance for North Korea and the communists to opt for a peace agreement.
Though he briskly notes that any peace deal reached must not compromise the principles
of the United Nations. It appears to the reader, with Truman constantly stating that he
wants the war done with, that it is he who is actually scared and concerned with the threat
the communists hold with their large and re-enforcing numbers (line 36).
Truman once again elaborates on his decision of not bombing the aggressors with
again stating that he is trying to prevent World War Three. But now he is also adding that