Southeast Asia: Deadly Showers

Weak response to yellow rain

A seven-man United Nations team flew into Bangkok last week to investigate one of the more controversial issues to come before the international organization: accusations that the Soviet Union, through its ally Viet Nam, has for the past six years been waging chemical warfare in Cambodia and Laos.

Indeed, the team's visit itself is controversial. Just one year ago, a similar U.N. group looked into the same accusations, only to report that the evidence appeared to be inconclusive. But subsequent American and Canadian studies giving detailed evidence of deadly "yellow rain" attacks have forced the launching of...

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