World: And Meanwhile What's Happening up North?

North Viet Nam has long served with impunity as a base for war and subversion against the rest of Southeast Asia. It is under Hanoi's direction that the Communist Viet Cong wage their guerrilla war in South Viet Nam, aided by men and matériel smuggled from the North down the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail, which is named for North Viet Nam's longtime Red ruler. But despite its aggressive stance, the Red North is beset by serious internal troubles. Last week, amid streamers and red lanterns, wispy-chinned President Ho Chi Minh himself strode into polling station No. 24 in his dismal...

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