South Viet Nam: The Shaken City

At first glance, Saigon seemed hardly disturbed by the violent events taking place in the Gulf of Tonkin last week (see THE NATION). Secure in the knowledge that thousands of troops were deployed in the outskirts to protect the city from the Viet Cong, students and politicians lounged idly at sidewalk cafes, carping endlessly about the government's handling of the war. Shops bustled with busy shoppers: thousands of insect-like Renault taxis still clogged the streets. And as always, at midday practically everyone went home for the traditional siesta.

"Bad Times." But beneath the surface there was. for the first time,...

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