LAOS: Getting Ready for Trouble

The other side of Communism's smile was visible last week in Laos; the little landlocked Asian kingdom (pop. 2,000,000) which is menaced by two Red neighbors.

The terrorist technique was becoming monotonously familiar: well-trained Communist bands from North Viet Nam came out of hiding after midnight to attack isolated Laotian army outposts, retiring before dawn to let Laotian Communist groups of the Pathet Lao continue the fighting in daylight. This device hardly deceived anyone—everyone knew that Laos' little war is sparked and sponsored by outsiders—but it kept up appearances.

After a two-week lull, the Communists were on the offensive again....

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