LAOS: The Two Motors

The people of tiny Laos received in 1957 some $48 million in U.S. aid—about $9,000,000 more than the U.S. Government disbursed to the three states of Nevada, New Hampshire and Vermont together. For a time last year, it looked seriously as though the Communists were going to get it all.

Rickety Structure. The Reds were everywhere. Two potent Communist powers, Red China and North Viet Nam, pressed against Laos' borders. Native Communists, led by Prince Souphanouvong, a member of the royal family, controlled the provinces of Samneua and Phongsaly. The two provinces were regained, but at a price: two Cabinet...

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