New Action to Combat Viet Cong Terror
As a new year of conflict opens in Viet Nam, chances of making headway toward negotiation of a satisfactory peace settlement seem little more promising than in the past. Prospects of progress in one important phase of the continuing struggle are nevertheless brighter. Basic changes in the approach to so-called rural pacification give ground for hoping that a solid start may finally be made toward strengthening peasant support of the South Vietnamese government and thereby progressively weakening and narrowing Viet Cong control in the countryside.
Failure of numerous past efforts to accomplish this objective emphasizes the need to view new efforts with caution. All agree that rural pacification will be a long and an arduous task. But it is ...