VIETNAM: Untangling the Knots of the Truce

NOTHING more vividly illustrated the end of the war for the U.S. than the arrival in Saigon last week of Lieut. General Tran Van Tra, chief representative of the Viet Cong on the Joint Military Commission—aboard an American helicopter. Tra, 55, is deputy commander of the Communists in South Viet Nam and the man who directed the 1968 Tet offensive.

He asked to be picked up at Loc Ninh, near the Cambodian border, a town that his troops had captured last spring. Seven UH-1 helicopters, painted with white stripes to signify that they...

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