Laos: Just a Little Rebellion

Vientiane, capital of Laos, Land of the Million Elephants, has had its share of troubles recently. First came floods—supposedly caused by an irate dragon after someone stole its eggs. Last week came bombs.

It was 8:30 in the morning, and the streets were crowded, when a dozen an cient T-28s rattled over the city from the south. Working with remarkable precision, they avoided civilian targets, unloaded on army headquarters, the airport, and the command post of Royalist Army Strongman General Kouprasith Abhay. At the same time, a military radio station began broadcasting a declaration from coup-happy Laos' latest "Revolutionary Committee."...

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