World: Mass Kidnaping

While military pressure on the Viet Cong grows, so does the Communist campaign of terror against the Vietnamese people. The Viet Cong conscript by force, levy taxes on the populace and generally harass whichever villages they cannot control. They have killed no fewer than 15,000 local village chiefs since 1957, and regularly heave grenades into sidewalk cafes, detonate plastic bombs in hotels and use other tech niques that accounted for the loss of more than 2,000 lives last year. The terror is meant to slam home the message that nobody is safe anywhere, and that an enemy so ubiquitous must eventually...

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