The War: Demilitarizing the Zone

The Geneva accords of 1954 that separated North and South Viet Nam stipulated the creation of a buffer zone between the two countries. No troops were to enter this so-called Demilitarized Zone, which averages three miles in width on either side of the Ben Hai River frontier. Hanoi has long regarded the DMZ as a convenient, protected freeway for infiltrating its soldiers into the South. Flagrant though that violation was, in recent months Hanoi has done far more: it has turned the DMZ into a giant staging area and mortar and artillery...

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