From the Observer archive: this week in 1950

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Britain wavers over joining Korean war

At present, the attitude of quite a few people in this country is curiously like that of American isolationists in the past. They feel that the defence of Southern Korea is not a British interest; they doubt whether the Southern Korean regime deserves support; they resent being dragged into what they are inclined to regard as a display of American imperialism, even though it is under the United Nations flag.

These views are all wide of the mark. The essential question is the old question that arose when Mussolini invaded Abyssinia and when Hitler marched on Vienna and on Prague. Shall a local act of aggression be left to take its course, or shall it be regarded as a challenge to that rule of law which, if it is not defended against minor infractions, will quite certainly be broken eventually on a very much larger and more dangerous scale?

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