Laos: Collapse

The slipping Western position in Laos became a near collapse last week. And it all happened just when the West had presumably at last persuaded Nikita Khrushchev to call for a ceasefire. The ceasefire atmosphere simply gave the Communists a chance to seize what they wanted from the euphoric Laotian government.

In order to get the fighting stopped, the U.S. has abandoned position after position. It has ceased hoping for a neutral government with a few Communists in peripheral posts. It no longer insists on the verification of a ceasefire. The procedures to...

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