Essay: Is There Really Anything to Negotiate?

Supposing the War to have commenced upon a just Motive; the next Thing to be considered is when a Prince ought in Prudence to receive the Overtures of a Peace: Which I take to be, either when the Enemy is ready to yield the Point originally contended for, or when that Point is found impossible to be ever obtained.

That is how Jonathan Swift defined the necessary conditions for ending a war. There is no sign that these conditions have been reached in Viet Nam. The U.S. is certainly not yielding the point...

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