THE WAR: Slow Counterattack

For once, the South Vietnamese seemed to be following the strategy, long since adopted by the North Vietnamese, that Mao Tse-tung described as "fight-fight, talk-talk." As secret negotiations between Henry Kissinger and North Viet Nam's Le Duc Tho resumed in Paris last week (see TIME ESSAY), Saigon's forces were pursuing not one but two counteroffensives. In the northern part of the country, 20,000 South Vietnamese marines and airborne troops were continuing their cautious advance on North Vietnamese troops in Quang Tri province and its capital, the most important city to fall to the Communists since their offensive began last...

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