South Viet Nam: The Price of Honesty

SOUTH VIET NAM

The morning was muggy in Saigon, and normally punctual Education Minister Dr. Le Minh Tri was late leaving his villa for the ministry. When a red light halted the minister's Toyota four blocks from the office, Tri, his chauffeur and his bodyguard were more intent on the signal than on the motorbike that drew up alongside them. None was quick enough when one of the bike's two riders tossed a paper bag into the car; as the bike sped away, a hand grenade in the bag exploded. The chauffeur died instantly in the car's flaming wreckage. The bodyguard,...

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