INDO-CHINA: The Anguished Peace


AT 10:42 a.m. Peking time, Wednesday July 21, 1954, the Indo-China war came to its end. Geneva's decision reached out across the sharp-cut hills and jungles, across the paddies swollen in the rain. It settled densely, inevitable and expected, upon the shifting battle lines, upon the doubts of Saigon and Hanoi.

"It is an anguished peace," said General Paul Ely, commander of the French. "There can be no real peace without the unity of our country," cried General Nguyen Van Hinh, leader of the Vietnamese. The Viet Minh coldly warned that "remnants of...

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