World: LAND FOR SOUTH VIET NAM'S PEASANTS

THE Viet Cong are known for their acts of terrorism, which often include the murder and kidnaping of innocent peasants. Still, they enjoy a simple, potent asset in the countryside of South Viet Nam. Whenever they conquer an area, the Communists promptly take the land away from the landowners and give it to the peasants. In many cases, the Viet Cong are able to keep the support of the peasants by warning that a return of government forces would mean a return of the landlords. Faced with U.S. troop withdrawals and possible early elections in which the vote of the hamlets...

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