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Half a Dozen Vietnams

Half a Dozen Vietnams Ashok Rudra WHAT the United States of America faces in Vietnam is a halt to the steady course of victorious progress it has known during the last several years in its struggle for the containment of communism and for world domination. Ever since Krushchev's capitulation over Cuba, the United States has undoubtedly and decisively been the winning side in its titanic struggle for power with the Soviet Union. It has been able to use the tactic of nuclear blackmail to neutralise USSR intervention in one problem spot after another. The tacit agreement between the two super powers to avoid any frontal clash has meant, in actual practice, the USA getting away with all types of direct and indirect, military and non-military, interventions without any matching counter-moves by the USSR. The disastrous defeat of the Arab armies in last summer's almost comic five-day war and the almost total destruction of the Soviet-built UAR military might has also to be treated as a major setback for Soviet strategy. It is not only the USSR that has been reduced to the role of a passive spectator before this rise of American Imperialism to unchallenged supremacy. China, with all its tall talk, has continued to allow itself to be policed by the American Seventh Fleet and has cautiously held its hand over Formosa, Hong, Kong and, of course, Vietnam.

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