SOUTH VIET NAM: Thieu's Travails

These are not the best of times for President Nguyen Van Thieu. Since the 1973 Peace Accords were signed in Paris, the opposing sides in South Viet Nam have methodically killed each other at a doleful rate of 4,000 a month. What makes the fighting utterly futile is the fact that neither the Communists nor the Saigon government has scored any strategic gains. Moreover, public discontent with Thieu's tautly run regime has been fueled by inflation, which is currently running at a staggering 70% a year. As a result, Thieu, for the...

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