Laos: Ping, Pong & Pang

When the U.S., Russia and Red China agreed in Geneva last month to accept a "neutral" Laos, Washington appeared to have written off the embattled country. The argument: the terrain in Laos is too difficult, the Laotian army too weak for a firm stand against Communism. The real line against the Red guerrillas would be drawn in South Viet Nam. Meanwhile, the best thing to hope for was to keep a neutral Laos cordoned off from Red China or Russia as long as possible. To this end, the famous "three princes" were to form a new, neutral government. This...

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