SOUTH VIET NAM: War of Nerves

THESE DAYS OF TET HAPPINESS ARE BROUGHT TO YOU COURTESY OF YOUR GOVERNMENT'S SOLDIERS IN THE FIELD read a banner strung across Saigon's Cong Ly Boulevard last week. All over the city, red flags—intended to summon good luck, not Communism —fluttered from balconies. Saigon's citizens celebrated with dragon parades, or gathered at pagodas to pray for financial success, domestic tranquillity and a peaceful new year. In the Chinese section of Cholon, which was badly bloodied during the Communist Tet attacks four years ago, the banners bravely promised that WHAT

YOU WISH IS WHAT YOU GET.

Saigon's citizens got an eerily quiet...

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