ASIA: Soothing Syrup

The confused and confusing war in Laos last week swiftly brought the great powers of the world together at the United Nations. At stake: What sort of response to make to Laos' appeal for help in fighting off the Communists of North Viet Nam? Ever since the Korean war, a succession of Russian nyets has prevented the Security Council from acting in the quick, decisive manner envisioned for it in the U.N. Charter. Last week once again the Soviet Union, playing for time that would enable Red invasion force to overthrow the...

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