South Viet Nam: Miracle at Hoaimy

The beleaguered government of South Viet Nam and its U.S. advisers last week regarded the village of Hoaimy (appropriately pronounced Why Me) with incredulity. In hundreds of other similar villages, the people have resisted Communism only reluctantly, under government prodding, if at all. Many Americans and Vietnamese have concluded fatalistically that the West really has nothing much to offer these poor and frightened peasants, that the Viet Cong alone know how to reach the villagers of Viet Nam. Hoaimy disproved all this—at least as far as its own people are concerned. The phenomenon so astonished the Americans on the...

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