South Viet Nam: The Asiatic Teach-ins

When the occasion demands, Premier Nguyen Cao Ky can be a very flexible fellow. He has at various times threatened to close all of Saigon's newspapers, line up the city's profiteering rice merchants before a firing squad, and advance the nightly curfew to 9 p.m. But when the drastic threats brought indignant opposition, he quietly retreated. Last week Ky found it convenient once again to show a little flexibility.

The issue was Ky's announced draft of students and professors into the Vietnamese army for officer training. The roar came from Hué, where the draft order would have reduced the local university's...