Peace Finally At Hand

As Washington ends its embargo, Hanoi welcomes Yankees back, signaling a fresh start for old foes

Lyndon Johnson called it a "damned little pissant country." Even less flattering language was used by many of the half a million Americans in uniform who made their way through, around and above it: trooping across swamps, languishing in Quonset huts, piloting PT boats, spacing out on drugs, shelling from offshore, amputating limbs, bombing from B-52s, killing, maiming -- and getting maimed and killed. How all that ended is well known. Bill Clinton, a college dissenter during the height of hostilities in Vietnam, showed last week that he could put a coda to that sad history and make a fresh start...

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