Nation: Ho's Christmas Slam

Despite the Administration's repeated, unequivocal insistence that it will not accept North Viet Nam's give-up-and-get-out terms for calling off the Vietnamese war, Washington continues to receive a stream of meretricious reports that Hanoi has decided to negotiate in good faith. Last week, at a time that could hardly have been better calculated to arouse Americans' hopes of peace and good will, Ho Chi Minh's latest and least likely offer landed on the world's front pages.

This time the feeler was extended by a pair of professors from an Italian university—one of them was Giorgio La Pira, onetime mayor of Florence—who purportedly had...

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