South Viet Nam: The Trials of Thieu

Nearly everyone in Washington last week expected that South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu would soon come around and abandon his stubborn refusal to participate in the expanded peace talks in Paris. But while the conflict lasted, perhaps the most ironic element in it was the way in which it demonstrated Saigon's new-found independence. The U.S. has all along labored to help create a stable constitutional government that could eventually stand on its own, a government immune to Communist charges that it is a mere puppet of the Americans. President Thieu's defiant holdout provided an unexpected confirmation that the...

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