North Viet Nam: Trying to Read Ho

Just as the pressures on the South Vietnamese government affect the Paris talks, so, too, do the pressures on the leaders of North Viet Nam. Are the North Vietnamese really weary of the war? Have the tremendous losses suffered by Hanoi's army in the South placed a burden on Ho Chi Minh's freedom of action? Do the North Vietnamese now want peace badly enough to make significant concessions?

The questions are vital, but the answers are hard to come by. Though the Communists are fully aware of the domestic pressures in the U.S. to settle the war, and try...

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