World: Shielding the Capital

Ever since the first Communist rocket crashed into an unsuspecting Saigon four months ago, allied officers have bemoaned the difficulty of defending the sprawling capital against the missiles, which can be launched from as far as seven miles away. Last week General Creighton Abrams, who has just taken over from William Westmoreland as U.S. commander in South Viet Nam, vowed, perhaps somewhat too confidently, that the rocket attacks would be suppressed. "We have to stop them," said Abrams, "and we have the means to stop them."

Faith in Counterfire. Convinced that Saigon is now the major Communist target and spurred by the...

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