The War: End of the Holiday

In Southeast Asia, the Year of the Snake ended and the Year of the Horse began. For the U.S. and its allies, last week marked a more ominous turning point. After a Christmas truce that was not a truce, after a four-day New Year cease-fire in which the firing did not cease, after a suspension of U.S. bombing raids over North Viet Nam that brought no whisper of response to President Johnson's intensive, month-long peace campaign, it was all too clear that the holiday and its fleeting hopes for peace were over.

The Viet Cong, who initiated the latest truce,...

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