World: A Limit on War

A creaking back-country bus filled with women and children suddenly explodes; a small town echoes to the shrieks of the dying as mortar shells are casually lobbed into its midst; a plastique charge shreds a Saigon café. Common enough events in South Viet Nam, they are part of the Viet Cong's conscious policy of killing and maiming civilians. Last year alone, some 11,000 innocent civilians were killed or kidnaped by the Viet Cong in their calculated campaign of terrorism.

U.S. commanders in Viet Nam have a far different problem. It is their difficult task...

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