LAOS: The Old One-Two

Cheek by jowl with all the cheery advance stories about the Eisenhower-Khrushchev talks last week in U.S. newspapers were brief and confusing reports of trouble in just the kind of far-off place where Communists like to probe Western intentions. Probably half of all Americans would stumble in pronouncing Laos and even more have trouble locating it.

Laos (pronounced Lah-oze) is a faithfully Buddhist kingdom known as "the land of a million elephants," which five years ago was carved out of French Indo-China in the Geneva conference after Dienbienphu. It has Communists to the north of it (China), Communists to the...

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