THE WAR: Meanwhile, in Viet Nam

Fighting while talking has always been a North Vietnamese Communist canon, and the movement toward peace continued last week to be balanced by an increase in combat in South Viet Nam. In a macabre version of musical chairs played an average of 25 times a day, the same scene was enacted: Communist forces move into a small town or hamlet early in the morning and announce their presence. The lightly armed regional government forces flee, usually without a fight, sending a plea for help to the nearest ARVN main force. The Communists...

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