The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 10, 1975 · Page 31
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April 10, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 31

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Thursday. April 10. 1975, THE HERALD, Prove, Utah-Page 31 Analysts Contend North Vietnam Prefers Political Victory SAIGON (UPI) - Viet Cong and North Vietnamese officials have ordered their forces into position for a siege and final attack on Saigon, although they would prefer a political victory. This was the conclusion of military and political analysts Wednesday after two Communist divisions moved toward Saigon from opposite directions, capturing a district capital, sweeping into one provincial capital and attacking another. Pro-Communist diplomats had warned only a week ago that if President Nguyen Van Thieu were not pushed out of office, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese would attack Saigon. Wednesday's battlefield developments apparently confirmed the diplomatic predictions. "The last thing the PRG (the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government) wants is a military victory march down Tu Do," Saigon's main street, said one diplomat. "They prefer to win the war as a superior moral and political force." But Wednesday's moves apparently showed the Communists are prepared to win the war militarily, if necessary. And if possible. South Vietnamese forces in the general Saigon area—about 35,000 strong—are battle-tested, well armed and, according to their officers, ready for a fight. They also are outnumbered. The Communists have four full divisions of combat troops, about 40,000 men. as well as an estimated 150 tanks and perhaps 5,000 artillery forces with guns, rockets and heavy mor- tars to fire. Communist forces already have taken 19 of South Vietnam's 44 provinces. It remains to be seen if, with its back to the wall, the South Vietnamese army can rally from the blows to its morale during those losses and defend the capital itself. Government troops acquitted themselves well Wednesday. They stood and fought the North Vietnamese' in the streets of Xuan Loc, 38 miles northeast of Saigon. And government militiamen fought to push an estimated 50 North Vietnamese commandos from Tan An province capital, 25 miles southwest of Saigon. The Communists' indirect assault, the cutting of roads and capturing of strategic areas, has begun. What was not clear Wednesday was whether the Communist hierarchy has decided to attack Saigon directly. "They will take a decision from the very top, probably from Hanoi, to attack Saigon militarily," said one diplomatic source. "Whether or not that signal has been given nobody knows." Except the Communists, and they were doing little talking. Among government and pro- government diplomatic circles in Saigon there was little doubt. "Hanoi," said one senior Western diplomat in the stilted language of embassies, "has chosen to re-emphasize the military option." A CHILD'S imagination can compensate for nearly anything. Three New York youngsters turn an abandoned east side building into a jungle wonderland as they take turns on their Tarzan vine — a rope suspended from a rickety fire escape. Tom Tiede Don'f Disturb— Council Asleep UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. - (NEA) - In 1964, following the warship incident in the Tonkin Gulf, the United States placed the Vietnam question on the U.N. Security Council agenda. Eleven years and more than a million lost lives later, the question is still on the agenda — untouched, undebated and quite obviously unresolved. In this world body dishonored for many misdeeds and inactions, Vietnam must by this time be recognized as its most shameful failure. While members have spoken with considerable hypocrisy against human suffering, entire generations of Vietnamese have been murdered without a single U.N. effort to intervene. Delegates have erupted over such matters as terrorism in Munich but have been mum over My Lai, Hue, Quang Tri and the seemingly endless lines of refugees moving, as the tide, to and fro. Even now, as Vietnamese mothers once again clutch their wounded children for the cameras of the world, and while the roadsides of that part of the world collect rotting bodies like so much litter, U.N. members do nothing and U.N. officers say little. Asked about the holocaust recently, Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said only "we are watching the situation with concern." Not an adjective added for emphasis, not so much as an exclamation point, for the barrels of blood being let. As is, Waldheim's remark insults the dying. To be sure, any delegate here can list an hour's worth of excuses for the U.N.'s reluctance to confront the Vietnam agony. It is part of the paradox of this organization that members proclaim humanitarian standards on the one hand and undermine them intellectually on the other. This truth is not only apparent concerning Vietnam, but for almost every international controversy. As John Maynard Keynes said of the League of Nations, so, too, is it correct for the United Nations: it is "an unequaled instrument for obstruction and delay." The sense here is not that members are busy creating better tomorrows, but reasons why there can be no better tomorrows. Worse, the sense here is also that few really care about better tomorrows insofar as the global view is concerned. As the organization approaches its 30th anniversary in June it is increasingly obvious that the 138-member-nations have not been able to transcend the limits of their nationalities. The progress each covets is self-progress. The best interests of the world are ignored for the best interests of 138 parts of the world. Regarding Vietnam, then, as a French diplomat says: "Is of no importance to 90 percent of the members, so why should they bother? Even Waldheim, it's alleged, is silent purely for reasons of self- interest. The South Vietnamese permanent observer to the U.N., Ngyen Huu Chi, who has tried for years to prod the Secretary- General into some kind of action, says the man is more interested in his own future than that of Vietnam: "He does nothing, he says nothing. Why? Maybe it's because he is up for reelection next year. It wouldn't do to involve himself in any unnecessary controversies." So it is Vietnam shall continue to shriek out of hearing distance from Turtle Bay. Though South Vietnam hopes a Western ally will yet mount a protest based on U.N. resolutions condemning aggression, the word is that no Such thing will happen. The mutilated can be such nuisances, in terms of public relations... sigh. Nonetheless, the only thing they can expect in the future here is what they've received in the past: illusionary "concern." 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