SOUTH VIET NAM: The Revolt That Failed

Revolution swept the sunny, tropical Vietnamese city of Saigon last week, shaking and straining the antiCommunist, anti-French government of Premier Ngo Dinh Diem. The Binh Xuyen gangster sect, supported by French colonials, started a bloody uprising and was put down. While the fires of civil war guttered out in the refugee-crowded streets of Saigon (pop. 2,000,000), a Vietnamese general, supported by French colonials, tried a midnight coup d'état and almost succeeded. Locked in this squalid conflict were the precarious hopes of Vietnamese nationalism, the ambitions of French colonials and the committed...

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