The War: The Bloodiest Truce

Hanoi long ago instructed its troops in South Viet Nam that the day might come for fighting and negotiating at the same time, with the Communist military arm reinforcing the diplomatic hand at the bargaining table. Whether or not the Communists were really ready to talk last week (see THE NATION), their soldiers were busy fighting up and down the length of South Viet Nam. Coming in the wake of the New Year's truce, the ferocity of the action was hardly unexpected; both sides always use the few day's respite of truce to...

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