AMERICAN NOTES: Proportions of War

The killing on both sides—on all sides—has gone on for years. Last week, by U.S. estimate, the total count of the military dead in Viet Nam since 1961 passed 1,000,000—45,703 Americans, 159,839 South Vietnamese, 4,875 other allied troops and 810,757 Communists. Yet still the war does not end, does not even show signs of ending.

Last week, as U.S. bombers pounded the North again and the North Vietnamese pressed their invasion, there was an anguished moment of recognition: No matter what the President had promised three years before, no matter how many U.S. troops had been withdrawn, the war...

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