TUESDAT, SEPT. 22, 195S PAGE ELEVEN War in Indo-China: After The Rains-The Red Flood j By FREB SHARKS NBA Staff Correspondent SAIGON — (NBA) — When it rains in Indo-China it seems as if someone in heaven turned on a faucet. In minutes Vtlie streets of Saigon are "aswim. Bicycle-propelled rickshaws hoist their slight awnings and slosh through the gutters like small outboards. Neat Vietnamese girls in tight dresses slit up the sides. Foreign Legionnaires in white pillbox hats, French officers with tanned knees under tropical shorts —all take cover in the fan-cooled cafes. Then the awful sun comes out like a slap in the face. In Saigon the water is literally sucked off the streets. But in the country, on the Tonkin airstrips next to Red China, along the vital roads feeding French outposts, the whole land is a giant puddle. At the end of September these rains, the flash floods, will stop. Then will come another flood — the Vietminh Communists. * ', * * Carrying fresii weapons issued in China, they will attack French and loyal Indo-Chinese garrisons, am- bus hconvoys, and infiltrate the heavily populated deltas. The seventh dry season of war will flame in this Chinese "year o£ the snake." v French forces, now fat with American guns, and newly trained light Indo-Chinese infantry promise aggressive actions to bleed Vietminh areas. Except for one thing, a final decision still seems distant. That one thing, in the back of every man's mind, is: "Chinese troops." Will the forces of General Mao, jjfcw relieved in Korea, move here? "iid if they do what of U. S. Secretary of State Dulles' promise that the war will then be .carried to Peking by air bombings and sea blockade? A 'decision is hard to come by because the Communist war is in the traditional guarrilla pattern, hidden by vast jungles so thick that movement is measured in yards. "i'ou can's kill somebody you can't find. By sniping:, harassing and dynamiting, the Communists have forced French withdrawals and the map of Indo-China has the .measles. Bed spots ofr* Vietminh ring almost • RED MEASLES ON' INUO-CHINA'S FACE: Newsmap shows how Commie forces dot the country as new Red floods threaten. every ' city. Even Saigon is surrounded, and ii white m;ai motoring out of town after dark is playing duck in a siiootmg gallery. Troopers on garrison duty in the thousands af lo^ stoc-::;ries t re condemned to victory. For them there can be no retreat. A few nights ago, 40 miles from Saigon,, a rubber plonttation .stockade was assaulted by guerrillas in black silk gowns. A traitor unlatched the gate and they poured in. Thirty defenders killed, 30 marched off roped I together like cattle. The Communists are everywhere — and they are nowhere. As I , walked _down rue Catinct, a street hysterical with shouting rickshaw bos's, unmuffled scooters and screaming naked children, an old friend said: "The moment you arrived, the Vietminh knew who you were and why you came. "They nave infiltrated every office, every hotel. Most shopkeepers pay two taxes — on« to th« Government, one to the Communist underground. Oof — It is an insurance." Certainly, I found French hopes down since my last visit in 1850. Many of my old soldier-friends have been killed. And some politicians in Paris talk about saving money, pulling out. They want the UN — and that means U. S. — to take over, send our young men, even as now we are sending half the dollars to fl-. nance this war. • k • A sharp blow to French hope was the Korean truce. Red China finances this trouble, and when the U. S. made an armistice arrangement the natives said, well, the Americans- and Europeans can't whip China, they will soon go home, we cannot defend ourselves so we better play it cozy. But while support from home Is no-hum, the French troops here look good to me. Away from the S. Korean Assembly Back in Seoul i — Tht South Korean National Assembly yesterday met la teoul for the first time In three On* hundred ten assemblymen at the 182-man legislature attended th« first cession held at the war scarred capitol since the outbreak of the Korean War In June, 1950. President Syngman Rhee did not attend or send a message. fashionable pacificism of Paris they are honed as trim as boxers and fight well In shoulder, high swamps with quiet determination. To aid them there is en route from Korea the French battalion which won all the honors — across the board — for bravery and military know-how. Like American boys I saw carry on in Korea despite disinterest and confusion back home, the French QIs fight for pride in their unit. And in the newly trained Indo-Chinese battalions I find a counterpart to our South Korean allies — bitterly anti-Communist, with Oriental willingness to accept sudden death. An assembly spokesman said today's meeting: was "only the continuance of the Kth session »n4 there Is not much oar," The legislature met during the war years in the provisional capital of Fusan. Television Sain Up 39 Ptr Cent Over 7952 WASHINGTON I* — The Radlo- Electronics-Televislon Manufacturers Assn. reported yesterday that shipments of television sets to dealers during the first seven months of this year were nearly 38 per cent ahead of the same period a year ago. A study of fossils found in successive layers of rock show that animals have been present on earth for at least 550,000,000 years. 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