BATTLE OF INDO-CHINA: Reds in Shangri-La

BATTLE OF INDOCHINA

The water drops, the ants eat the fish. The water rises, the fish eat the ants. So it is better to love than to hate.

—Old Laotian Proverb

It was low water in Laos last week, and thousands of Communists were pouring across the northern border of the little Buddhist kingdom. The government of Laos, one of the three Associated States of Indo-China, was gasping on the mud-bank of its unpreparedness.

Six months had passed since Communist General Vo Nguyen Giap conquered the Thai country lying between Red China and Laos (see...

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