PEACE is starting to break out in Saigon. Outside the South Vietnamese capital, the ceaseless patrolling and ambushing continued last week, although there was only limited contact. In Paris and Washington, wary allied and North Vietnamese diplomats maintained their watch on the peace talks. But Saigon, a subdued shadow of its old hedonistic self since the Tet offensive of February, was beginning to glitter once more.

Again the battered capital was overrun by fleets of snarling Honda scooters. Streets were jammed with more traffic than has been seen in months.

The noxious blue haze produced by thousands of honking, creeping cars, buses and...

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