World: The Moment of Truth

THE breakthrough in the Paris talks was a long time coming—and in the end it came after two major turning points, one that occurred in Paris and one in Washington.

The first came on Oct. 9, when a North Vietnamese negotiator asked whether it was really true that the bombing of the North would halt if the way was cleared for the Saigon government to join the talks. Chief U.S. Negotiator Averell Harriman replied that this was indeed the case, and flashed word back to Washington that the long-awaited signal had come.

The second...

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