Douglas MacArthur with US puppet, Syngman Rhee. Americans helped him take power. Part of the old, moneyed elite, and so anti-Communist. He was also Christian. Rhee aligned himself with the collaborators of the Japanese and attacked left-leaning peasant associations that were popping up. Syngman Rhee’s authoritarian presidency lasted ten more years until 1960, when following popular protests against a disputed election, he resigned. More than 200,000 perished under his reign of terror.