South Viet Nam: Reprise from the Pagodas

"It is better to have a political vacuum than have Huong in power," said one of South Viet Nam's most respected Buddhist leaders. "This government will have to go." At week's end Provisional Premier Tran Van Huong had not yet gone, but the bonzes were once again doing their beatific best to bring about a vacuum that sooner or later the Communists might fill.

Stage Set. During a week of chaos last August, the Buddhists had brought down General Nguyen Khanh, demand ing a civilian regime. Only a month ago, Huong, 61, the bicycle-riding ex-mayor of Saigon, took over supposedly...

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