VIET NAM: The Communists Tighten the Noose

"When the Communists decide they're going to do it, they'll do it. Period," declared a senior American intelligence official in Saigon. It is hard to argue with that grim assessment. Last week nearly 75% of South Viet Nam's territory and 40% of its citizens were under Communist rule. It was probably only a matter of Hanoi's choosing and timing before the coup de gráce would be delivered to Saigon. Even so stalwart a defender of the Saigon regime as Hoang Due Nha, 33, a cousin and confidant of President Nguyen Van Thieu's, admitted: "The Communists have put a noose...

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