SOUTHEAST ASIA: A Hollow First Anniversary

We brought peace to Viet Nam, something we haven't had and didn't have for over twelve years.

—Richard Nixon, October 1973

The peace that President Nixon boasted about is one year old this week. In South Viet Nam, however, no special observance of the anniversary is planned. Instead, fighting will probably continue as it has every day since the signing of the cease-fire agreement. During the past year, nearly 13,000 South Vietnamese soldiers and 2,150 civilians have been killed. According to Saigon, 44,850 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers also have died....

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