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A Non-Vietnam World

January 10, 1976 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS A Non-Vietnam World G P D ONE more year has gone by. Much has happened during the last twelve months, but very little has changed. The world order has retained its stagnant quality so tenaciously that the fall of Saigon in the summer of 1975 appears now to be a thing of the distant past We now live in a post-Vietnam world It almost appears that we now live in a non-Vietnam world. Cambodia went the Khmer Rouge way even earlier than Vietnam. Laos fell without much international fanfare. In the annals of the liberation war, the Khmer Rouge and the Pathet Lao re- tained relatively unsung and unglori- ed as compared to their Vietnamese brethren. Laos, in particular, had it no less bloody. But glory does not seem to have visited it in as much abundance as it has Vietnam. This, of course, is a minor point when almost everybody around the world is in the process of living down the legacy of the liberation war. The Vietnamese are already playing excellent power politics. The Chinese talk more of "disorder" now than of "liberation''. The socialists in Moscow are so enamoured of some third world leaders that they are behaving and talking as if the age of "the oppressed nations of the east" has at last begun.

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