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Howtounderstand themost importantpartof • the POW problem. Pretendyou're 12 years old andyour fathers aPrisonerofWarinSoutheast Asia. Y OU won't understand the ma- But meanwhile there is no need for Hanoi and its allies to delay even a day in answering this plea:

neuvers of the bargaining table. You'll be baffled by the cries of "political issue" or "prolonging the war:' You'll want somebody, somebody believable, to tell you your father's all right, that he's being decently treated. This message to Hanoi and its allies is acting as spokesman for alt the boys and girls, wives and parents whose fathers, husbands and sons are being held in secret captivity in North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos. Of course, they all want the war tn end and the prisoners of war to be rdea~ed ,1s soon as possible.

SUPPORT OUR PLEA TOHANOI AND ITS ALLIES: Clear away the doubts - Open your prison camps to neutral observers ... now! We ask no more than we give. All American and South Vietnamese prison camps are in- spected regularly by official neutra l observers- The International Cnmmitteeofthe RedC ross.

Let neutral observers into your prison camps to make sure that American prisoners are being de- cently treated, according to the standards of civilized nations. There's nothing political about that. There is something very, very human about it- big enough, tran- scending enough to be understood by a 12-year-old boy or girl. And understood, we hope, by Hanoi. By acting swiftly on this issue they can earn the gratitude of millions of Americans ... and respect from all the world.

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