Laos: Shaky Rule

Under its new anti-Communist government, Laos got off to a shaky and cautious start last week. In the capital city of Vientiane, ravaged by three days of bitter fighting, homeless refugees poked about the smoldering bamboo ruins. Most utilities and water mains were knocked out of commission. The city's main hospital, jammed with 500 wounded, and desperately short of water, tapped the swimming pool at the nearby U.S. embassy residence. When U.S. Ambassador Winthrop Brown held a public distribution of rice flown in by the U.S., he was rushed by a hungry...

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