Time Essay: The Final Commitment: People

The Viet Nam War seems endless in its capacity to generate unpleasant surprises. The latest is the unexpected hostility to accepting Vietnamese refugees into the U.S. It has surfaced suddenly with considerable fervor, and for a variety of often contradictory reasons, all over the country. Senator McGovern, the 1972 presidential peace candidate, says: "I think the Vietnamese are better off in Viet Nam, including the orphans." The manager of a John Birch Society bookstore near the new refugee tent city at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida is afraid of "tropical diseases floating...

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