FOR all the talk and hope of peace, the battlefields of South Viet Nam last week commanded equal news time with the leafy boulevards of Paris. Just as the long-awaited negotiations on the war in Viet Nam were getting under way, U.S. headquarters in Saigon announced that American casualties during the previous week were the highest yet: 562 killed in action. At the same time, the Communists launched their latest bloody round of countrywide attacks in South Viet Nam (see THE WORLD). Often suicidal, almost invariably foiled, the attacks nonetheless offered proof that...

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