World: A Sense of Urgency

One thing that survived the Communists' Tet offensive largely intact was South Viet Nam's lively political arena. In the center ring, of course, President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky continue to maneuver for paramount influence. But the Tet offensive seems to have injected a new sense of urgency, a readiness to ask hard questions and to accept some unpleasant answers, into the Saigon body politic. Many pro-government political leaders, as well as those who oppose the government, are displaying a fresh critical spirit that begins with the realization that the government has to reform and renew itself.

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