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S. opposition eVen to aid from elsewhere. " In the London Observer Gavin Young reports on ASEAN's program of obliterating Communism "not with bombs but with prosperity," under the leadership of the smiling, humanitarian Marcos, Lee Kuan Yew, Suharto, Hussein Onn of Malaysia, and General Kriangsak of Thailand (with his "dark, puckish face, at once warm-hearted and mischievous"). These benevolent leaders understand the priorities ("slum clearance, rural poverty") and are now firmly setting out to eradicate the ills of their societies, as Young discovered when he interviewed them on their golf courses.

Occupying forces that had conquered peaceful France, overthrowing its legitimate government virtually without French assistance. , at a Texas air show in October, 1977 with a B-29 flown by Paul Tibbets, the retired Air Force general who dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, before an admiring audience of 20,000.

Their opposition to the war, which developed at about the same time and for the same reasons as opposition in business circles, was highly qualified and fundamentally unprincipled: the United States simply could not get away with what it was doing at reasonable cost. S. liberals run along these lines: The American engagement in Vietnam continues to seem more bumbleheaded than evil; the progress of the war still appears to have been based upon a compendium of false analogies, bad guesses and self-righteousness.

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