THE SETTLEMENT: Paris Peace in Nine Chapters

AS the war finally came to an end last week with two coldly formal signing sessions in the silk-walled, gilt-mirrored conference room of the former Majestic Hotel in Paris, the South Vietnamese government and its Viet Cong enemies still refused even to sign the same piece of paper.

In the oddly muted ceremonies, there were only a few sedate waves at the clicking cameras, no speeches, no spoken exchanges of any kind between the dignitaries. None of the key figures of the settlement—neither President Nixon nor Henry Kissinger, neither Hanoi's Premier Pham Van...