BUDDHIST LEADERSHIP HURT—The Buddhists’ startlingly efficient tactical and propaganda leadership has been severely hurt. Many of the dissident Buddhists, if they are not in jail, have apparently gone underground.—Time.
IN BRIEF—U THANT, United Nations Secretary General: Exercise tolerance and settle the matter in the name of peace, justice and fair play; Secretary of State DEAN RUSK: [A] dirty, untidy, disagreeable war; MME. NGO DINH NHU: My people never beat anyone, chiefly the Americans, without some reason.
VIETNAMESE HUMOR—A current joke in Saigon is that the United States Mission is like a log drifting downstream covered with ants—each of whom thinks he’s steering.—Newsweek.
STRATEGIC HAMLETS—In the past year nearly one million Vietnamese who were formerly subject to sporadic Communist incursions or even outright Communist control, are now covered by effective government administration and protection. This has been achieved largely through the strategic hamlet program. This program is the heart of the war effort in Vietnam. It is a co-ordinated across-the-board political, economic and military responsibility to the Communist threat.—THEODORE J. C. HEAVNER, former deputy of the United Nations Working Group.
UNSUCCESSFUL DEBUT—Mme. Ngo Dinh Nhu … making her first appearance on a national television news panel show … was a flop. Not even the obvious chic and charm of this oriental beauty could cover her virulent anti-Americanism.—The Chicago Tribune.
NEUTRAL CLASS—As the war staggers on, many middle class Vietnamese in Saigon … are turning to neutralism as the only possible foreign policy which might bring peace and prosperity to South Vietnam. They feel that American tactics have failed because the underlying policy of trying ...1
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