ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WASHINGTON-Spiked Horns of Dilemmas

August 8, 1970 respondents, had ended. Nobody can tell what might happen where in Sai- gon. THE CONTRAST I also visited the rural areas of South Vietnam. There the situation was much better. Villages and crops have often been destroyed in bombing raids, and on every peasant's land are craters made by such raids, but the raising of rice goes on. The war has affected production. Also there are hardly any young men to be found in the villages. They have either been taken away to join the one-million strong Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) or have joined the Vieteong. Most Vieteong units are either in villages or around them, and they help in the cultivation of rice. If they do not, their own supplies would be affected. So, while the production is down, the villagers have something to eat. Besides the rice crop. they raise poultry and pigs. And the villagers share whatever they have. One never witnesses in the villages the destitution and despair that hit one in the cities.

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