Time Essay: On Providing Aid toYesterday's Enemies

THE peace in Viet Nam may soon be almost as controversial as the war once was. After 46,000 Americans died in combat, after the nation bled $135 billion from its treasure and suffered a psychic dislocation as severe as any since the Civil War, the President would ask taxpayers for billions of dollars more. Much of it would go as a transfusion for the people and the regime that U.S. B-52s were bombing just a few weeks ago at Christmastime.

There is a concussion of future shock in the idea, a bewilderingly abrupt role...