Exhilarated by seemingly endless
success, contemptuous of her fleeing enemies,
China makes the same tragic error of
overconfidence that North Korea, and then the
United Nations, had made before her. On New
Year's Day, 1951, supported by violent mortar
barrages, the CCF smashes across the 38th
Parallel against feeble opposition.
With this, China changes from a
nation coming to the aid of a desperate neighbor
and becomes an aggressor attempting to crush an
apparently helpless sovereign nation.
Millions of innocent people will
pay the price for China's arrogant
over-confidence, in suffering, as earlier
innocents paid for our own.
Such is war.