The War: Toughened Mood

Only a month ago, peace in Viet Nam was, in British Prime Minister Harold Wilson's words, "almost within our grasp." Last week it seemed as far out of reach as ever.

By land, sea and air, the U.S. tightened the screws on North Viet Nam. American 175-mm. artillery pounded targets north of the Demilitarized Zone at the 17th parallel. Navy planes seeded Northern rivers with mines. Seventh Fleet ships blasted the North's coast with 5-and 8-in. guns. On their side, the Communists began pounding U.S. installations with powerful 140-mm. Russian rockets (see THE WORLD).

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