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78,501. Laos had enormous strategic importance in the fight for Vietnam. The Vietnamese communists from the north had been using a secret trail which ran through Laos to direct troops, weapons and supplies to fight the US troops in the south of Vietnam. The Americans couldn’t invade Laos, so the CIA was called in and ordered to take care of the problem. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & Heroin) Secrets of the CIA
78,502. A huge quantity of the heroin produced by the tribesmen was delivered straight into the hands of the American GIs stationed in Vietnam. (Laos & Vietnam & CIA & Heroin) ibid.
78,503. The Plain of Jars is a large area where thousands of jars have been lying there for more than two thousands years now. And no-one knows exactly who made them, why there were made; and there are a lot mysteries and things about these jars. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy
78,504. There are more than two hundred and fifty jars in this site. The jars ... are made of sandstone, but in other sites they are made of quartz. But the interesting thing is that these rocks are not available around the sites. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy
78,505. To the locals the jars are just part of the landscape. The jars are scattered over six hundred square miles. Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious Universe
78,506. I tried very hard for a couple of years. I even appeared at editorial meetings with Time, Life, and the New York Times, spoke constantly at editors, wrote to them, tried to get somebody to cover the story. No couldn’t do it. Noam Chomsky, interview with Christopher Hitchens, Talk of the Nation, The American Political Spectrum 1992
113,338. Laos – one of the poorest and least developed of the Mekon nations. It’s a country shaped by both Buddhism and Communism. (River & Laos) The Mekong River with Sue Perkins III
113,339. What about those upstream for whom fundamental and profound change is coming? (River & Laos) ibid.
113,340. There are ten more dams planned for Laos alone and 140 either commissioned or under construction for the Mekon and its tributaries. (River & Laos & Dam) ibid.
77,523. Laos is littered with around 80 million unexploded bombs dropped by the Americans during the Vietnam war over 40 years ago. (Earth & Nature & Laos) Earth’s Natural Wonders III: Surviving Against the Odds, BBC 2018