Viet Nam: When Will the Peace Begin?

An exclusive look inside a troubled, still divided nation

Our mountains will always be, Our rivers will always be, Our people will always be: American invaders defeated, We will rebuild our land Ten times more beautiful. —HoChiMinh, 1969

A decade after the last U.S. combat forces pulled out and eight years after the Republic of Viet Nam crumbled, reminders of the great victory are everywhere. "Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom," one of Ho's favorite slogans, is stenciled on hundreds of roadside monuments, while colorful posters exhorting one...

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