South Viet Nam: The Great Emancipator

For more than a year, the U.S. has been urging South Viet Nam's President Ngo Dinh Diem to declare a general amnesty for Communist Viet Cong guerrillas in order to encourage wholesale desertions from the Red cause. Diem was in favor of the idea. But he always replied that as Abraham Lincoln waited two years after the beginning of the Civil War before issuing his Emancipation Proclamation, he, too, would wait for a propitious moment so that the move could not be interpreted as a desperate gesture by a sinking government to round up popular support. Last week,...

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