George C. Wilson's review of "Korea: The Unknown War" {Style, Nov. 11} is a balanced and thoughtful discussion.

As a Korean War veteran, I believe Mr. Wilson's comparison of the invasion of Kuwait and the war in Korea deserves further comment. Kim Il Sung and Saddam Hussein were cut from the same totalitarian cloth, and both believed that the world would tolerate their invasion of a neighbor. On the battlefields of Korea were sown the seeds of freedom that ended communism as a world force. We now face another challenge in the Middle East.

We now have more troops in the Persian Gulf than we had at any given point in the Korean War. This armed force may have to fight, but it would appear that our show of force will ensure peace, and the sacrifices made in Korea would not have been made in vain.

Mr. Wilson suggests the film about the Korea War will cause controversy. Let us welcome any discussion in the hopes that it leads to a universal peace.

BLAINE P. FRIEDLANDER Falls Church I do not understand the widely perceived notion that U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia have to go into combat within a few months for their mission to be considered successful. They have already been successful in stopping Iraqi aggression and will continue to contain Iraq as long as we keep them there.

Contrary to the idea that America is too impatient to put up with a long confrontation, the country has shown itself to be willing to have soldiers stationed abroad for long periods. In fact, American soldiers have been stationed in Europe and South Korea facing hostile opponents for about 50 years and 40 years respectively, and our patience has brought peace in both cases.

We cannot foresee how the Middle East nations will work out their hostilities with each other, but our military presence may give them a chance to work out peaceful solutions in the long run -- they will not initiate hostilities with each other for fear we will take the other side. SCOTT A. MILLS Bethesda