Europe: Bringing the War Home

A honeyed voice oozed into millions of French living rooms, speaking of American "genocide" in Viet Nam.

Baron Emmanuel d'Astier de la Vigerie was using 15 minutes of state-controlled French television prime time to praise "my friend Ho Chi Minh" for canceling war-crimes trials of American pilots in Hanoi. It sounded as if the 66-year-old baron, Interior Minister in President Charles de Gaulle's first postwar Cabinet and a leader of Gaullism's left wing today, just might be echoing his master's loudly repeated opposition to U.S. policy in Viet Nam.

At any rate, U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen certainly thought so. When...

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