World: A Whole Year

To the vast chagrin and surprise of South Viet Nam's militant Buddhists, the government of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky last week wound up its first year in office in an anniversary waltz of energy and authority. For Ky and his generals to be around at all represented no mean accomplishment—the longest stretch of governmental stability since Diem fell in 1963.

Ky's tenure was hardly the fault of the bonzes, who for months have been trying every trick in the pagoda political manual to oust the government: massive protest demonstrations, immolations (last week a 16-year-old girl became the tenth suicide by fire in...