Saigon has often known danger but never as acutely as now. There have been times of great peril—such as the 1968 Tet offensive that brought savage street fighting into the heart of the city—but Saigon managed swiftly to regain its calm, almost nonchalant air. This time the pressure is building slowly but surely, and the old insouciance is fast disappearing.

There is no overt panic, but Saigon's 3 million residents, and the countless refugees streaming into the already overcrowded city, are shaken, afraid, even desperate. "We have nowhere to go!" cried a Saigon...

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