SOUTH VIET NAM: U.S. v. the French

"Free Viet Nam is immortal! Righteous nationalism will triumph!" cried Premier Ngo Dinh Diem last week as his elated young troops cleared his enemies out of Saigon. In the streets of the city, "Da Dao Bao Dai" (Down with Bao Dai) was now the throbbing cry. As for Chief of State Bao Dai during this dark hour in his young nation's history, he continued to make his Valley Forge in sunny Cannes.

Over him and Diem there raged a battle that was bigger than both of them. It deeply involved the U.S. and the French.

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