SOUTH VIET NAM: Parading Power

Nguyen Van Thieu has long believed in dealing with the Communists primarily with guns. Last week, only a few days after Henry Kissinger and North Viet Nam's Le Duc Tho signed in Paris what might be called Cease-Fire II, Thieu gave a showy display of that belief. In the annual South Vietnamese celebration of power known as Armed Forces Day, jet fighters whistled overhead while tanks, self-propelled artillery and armed amphibious vehicles thundered past the reviewing stands on Saigon's Tran Hung Dao Boulevard. Twenty thousand men—the equivalent of two divisions—marched in the...

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