South Viet Nam: Artificial Respiration

"What we're trying to do is give the district chiefs in Camau Peninsula a chance to breathe," said the South Vietnamese colonel. "Until now, they've been asphyxiated." With these words, seven South Vietnamese army and marine battalions, aided by U.S. helicopters and military advisers, began artificial respiration on South Viet Nam's Red-infested southern tip. Last week, government officials and U.S. military leaders in Saigon exulted that the campaign was the most successful operation yet carried out against the Communist Viet Cong.

Instead of merely sweeping the countryside in an effort to round up the elusive Red guerrillas in a dragnet,...

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