BURMA: Three Weapons

When Burma's nine-sided civil war degenerated into chaos last July, devout Buddhist Prime Minister Thakin Nu launched a "Peace Within One Year" campaign. Not even his followers placed much hope in it. But the combination of piety and punch paid off surprisingly well.

Last week LIFE Correspondent Elmer Lower cabled from Rangoon: "Experienced foreign observers here say that the Burmese government has improved its position more during the past year than either they or the Burmans believed possible. With the elimination of the Karens in Toungoo and the Communists in Prome (TIME, June 5), the government's campaign approaches being 75%...

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