The War: The Perils of Probing

When the Viet Nam war finally ends, the history of the myriad unofficial attempts to end it will make a fascinating study in well-intentioned futility. Scores of private peacemakers have visited Hanoi—Italian ex-mayors and Mexican philosophers, French diplomats and Canadian clerics, professors and politicians—and practically all have gone away with tantalizingly vague reports of a brand new peace feeler. Scores of others have worked up their own formulas for peace and reacted bitterly when nobody seemed interested in buying them. Last week two more episodes in this strange saga of diplomatic dilettantism came to light.

Dancing Dreams. One incident...

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