For President Nixon, the attack by North Viet Nam on the South—long predicted but still a shock when it came with full force—is a fearful recrudescence. Once again the skies of Southeast Asia are full of U.S. planes raining bombs, once again TV screens are filled with images of frightened refugees fleeing the shells and bullets of both sides.

The resumption of full-scale warfare (see THE WORLD) poses new hazards for the President's reelection. Having spent the last several years assuring the public that his government would Vietnamize the war and withdraw,...

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