Negotiations: Hanoi's Fabians

About the only thing in strike-bound Paris that seemed to be moving slower than the traffic last week was the peace parley on Viet Nam. U.S. and North Vietnamese negotiators held a single 2-hr. 57-min. session at the Hotel Majestic, then adjourned for four days. Hanoi was clearly bent on emulating the tactics of Fabius Cunctator (the delayer),* the Roman general who wore down the more powerful Hannibal by his endless harassing tactics. The long break was occasioned in part, a Hanoi spokesman explained, by the fact that Ascension Day was approaching, "and since we translate 'ascension' as 'escalation' in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!