World: A HALTING STEP TOWARD PEACE

WHEN Lyndon Johnson announced the bombing halt to the American people, he prudently cautioned that the U.S. could be seriously disappointed in its efforts to find peace in Viet Nam. At first, his admonition seemed unwarranted. From most of the world's capitals, including Moscow, came only praise for the President's action. More important, as a silent signal of Hanoi's acceptance of the U.S. offer, the battlefields of South Viet Nam, which have been relatively quiet for the past month, became almost totally still. Then, to Washington's dismay, the U.S. peace initiative...