Nation: Life Is Hell

Second thoughts on Viet Nam

The full-page ad that appeared in five major dailies last week recalled the impassioned antiwar protests of the 1960s. Only this time the target of the former activists was not the U.S. but the North Vietnamese regime that many of the protesters used to defend. The ad accused the Communist state of arresting, imprisoning and torturing thousands of innocent Vietnamese: "For many, life is hell and death is prayed for."

Chief organizer of the protest was Folk Singer Joan Baez, who sent a letter to 350 onetime activists and celebrities asking them to sign the ad. Among the...

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