Rhee Syngman 리승만 (26 March 1875 – 19 July 1965), known in the West as Syngman Rhee, was a South Korean politician, the first and the last Head of State of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and President of South Korea from 1948 to 1960. His three-term presidency of South Korea (August 1948 to April 1960) was strongly affected by Cold War tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
He led South Korea through the Korean War. His presidency ended in resignation following popular protests against a disputed election. Rhee was regarded as an anti-Communist and pro-capitalist dictator, and he ordered thousands of extrajudicial killings of communist supporters within South Korea. He died in exile in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Syngman Rhee in The Hot War
Syngman Rhee led South Korea throughout the Korean War and into World War III. While his North Korean counterpart Kim Il-sung was a tyrant, in truth Rhee wasn't much better than Kim, making the Korean War a war between "bad and worse" rather than one of "good and evil".
- Armistice, loc. 1893, ebook.
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