The worst atrocity yet committed in the Viet Nam war began its course last week when a handful of Viet Cong crawled up to the wall-and-wire perimeter of the hamlet of Dak Son, some 75 miles north east of Saigon. The V.C
IT passed without notice when it occurred in mid-March 1968, at a time when the war news was still dominated by the siege of Khe Sanh.
I once met an old Vietnamese revolutionary in Hanoi by the name of Le Quynh Van. “My sight is poor,” he told me, “because Frenchmen shone bright lights into my eyes during interrogations.” It turned out that Van led a jailbreak from Con Son island 62 years ago.