Viet Nam: Muzzling the Dogs of War

Muzzling the Dogs of War

After a year of training in secret camps in Thailand, 200 exiled Vietnamese last summer launched a quixotic campaign. Part of a movement calling itself the National United Front for the Liberation of Viet Nam, they stealthily crossed the jungles of Laos last July, making for the Central Highlands of their homeland. There they hoped to link up with mountain tribesmen opposed to the Communist government and begin a guerrilla war to overthrow Hanoi. Each commando carried an automatic rifle and 200 rounds of ammunition. Beyond that, the battalion had only some rocket-propelled grenade launchers and machine guns. In August, a...