South Viet Nam: Inviting a Judgment

The U.N. has rarely considered whether Communist dictatorships or leftist "guided democracies" violate human rights. But last week the General Assembly concerned itself with "the violation of human rights" in South Viet Nam, as represented by the Diem government's treatment of the Buddhists. However reprehensible and clumsy the regime's role in the Buddhist crisis may be, many of its accusers were scarcely models of democracy.

The group requesting debate of the issue included Algeria, whose frankly dictatorial government is fighting to put down an insurrection, effectively controls the press, and last week expelled one U.S. and four French newsmen; Indonesia,...

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