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Smelling the Antlers of a Deer

 Smelling the Antlers of a Deer G P D THERE is a fourteenth-century Japanese adage that you should never put the new antlers of a deer to your nose and smell them. They have little insects that crawl into the nose and devour the brain. The moral is simple. There are some things which one should not attempt to do. But then some people so get used to "smelling the antlers of a deer'' that they could not care less even if it were to devour their brains! The Americans tried something similar in South-East Asia last week. A defeat in Indochina was probably not enough. Somewhere in the jungles of Indochina they .seem to have smelled the antlers of a deer! How otherwise does one explain this utterly mindless act of sending a 'merchant' ship with a military cargo towards the coast of Cambodia? It led to the inevitable result. The Khmer Rouge captured the ship. President Ford landed eight thousand marines in. Thailand. He sank three Cambodian boats. He embarrassed the Thai Premier by completely ignoring the Thai protests against the landing of American marines at the Utapao base.

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