The War: Simmering Along

In the capitals of the world last week there was more talk about peace talks than actual progress toward them. And on the battlefields of South Viet Nam, there was more preparation for heavy fighting than major action. Most battle contacts were limited to skirmishes scattered throughout the countryside, but few allied military men expected the comparative lull to last. One reason was a man who figured prominently in the week's news: Colonel Pham Van Thanh, a Viet Cong since 1945, who crossed lines to become the highest ranking defector of the...

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