Center for Bioethics Papers

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Journal Article

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June 2005


Throughout the early 1950s, as the Korean War raged, a single contentious question consumed political debate in the United States: Who lost China? Political opponents tossed this question back and forth hoping that the tar baby would stick to someone on the other side and let them affix blame both for the Korean War and, more importantly, for allowing communists to seize control of the most populous nation on earth.


© The Hastings Center. Reprinted with permission. This article originally appeared in The Hastings Center Report, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2005, pages 12-13.
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Date Posted: 18 May 2007

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