The Nation: The Job That Needs to Be Done

HOW much damage has actually been inflicted in Viet Nam during a generation of war? How much of that damage can be repaired? By what means and at what cost?

The conflicting claims of the combatants have long hampered efforts to get reliable estimates of war damage. But as the push toward reconstruction begins, this matter is receiving urgent attention from a special State Department task force headed by Assistant Secretary Marshall Green (slated soon to become Ambassador to Australia). Meanwhile, the most reliable overall damage estimate is that of Japan's Nomura Economic...

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