The Communist Viet Minh did not bother to launch their offensive against the Red River Delta last week. At Geneva and across the shrouded land of Viet Nam, they were winning the war by default.
All week, French and Vietnamese truck convoys were rolling down alien roads toward the coast. The French were withdrawing from their blockhouses and redeploying, and the Communists were moving in.
"Namdinh, third biggest city in the Delta, already has the look of a city awaiting death and whatever life may come after it," reported TIME'S Senior Editor John...