World: Anatomy of a Limited War

For the past three years, TIME Correspondent David Greenway has covered the war in Southeast Asia. In this report from Vientiane, Greenway sums up the reasons behind the Laotian crisis.

THE U.S. and North Viet Nam are involved in Laos for precisely the same reason: both countries feel that their presence is necessary to prosecute the war in Viet Nam. Neither side will admit publicly the full extent of its involvement because both are acting in violation of the 1962 Geneva accords, which attempted to impose a neutralist settlement on this divided country.

To many observers the largely clandestine American involvement in...

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