LAOS: Ripe for the Communists

A cruel trick of geography has wedged Laos, a land of 3 million delicate, gentle and innately pacific people, between powerful and antagonistic neighbors. With the Communist takeover of Cambodia and South Viet Nam, it is probably only a matter of time before Laos becomes the next Indochina state to fall to the Communists. Anticipating this, wealthy Laotians, Chinese and Vietnamese have already begun departing Laos in great numbers; planes are booked solidly, and scores of autos have lined up at the Vientiane ferry, waiting to cross the Mekong River into Thailand....