NORTH KOREA: For Tricks That Are Vain

Junketing about North Korea last week, Chinese Premier Chou En-lai inspected a fertilizer factory, improvised a five-minute jig for North Korean Premier Kim II Sung, and announced that the horde of "Chinese People's volunteers" who volunteered into the Korean war in 1950 would volunteer themselves back to China again by the end of the year. Of course, he continued, "this confronts the U.S. with an inescapable obligation to similarly withdraw."

The move was hardly serpent-subtle, but it fitted present Communist postures and predicaments. As propaganda, it obscured the fact that the U.S. has long since withdrawn all but two divisions....

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