From Ho Chi Minh’s fictional Diary:

6 March 1946
Paris, France

After months of hard bargaining, a treaty was finally worked out with France. We had no choice because none of the great powers supported our independence. The French, British, and even the Chinese were against us. Even the Soviets were too concerned with eastern Europe to give us any real help. Although France recognizes “The Republic of Vietnam,” the treaty does allow France back into our country, but we have some hope that they will honor the treaty, and true and permanent Vietnamese independence will be achieved.

The following is a speech made by Ho Chi Minh to the Vietnamese people on March 7, shortly after returning to Hanoi from Paris where he had signed the treaty:

“It testifies to our intelligence that we should negotiate rather than fight. Why sacrifice fifty or a hundred-thousand men when we can achieve independence through negotiation, perhaps within five years?...

...I, Ho Chi Minh, have always led you along the path to freedom; I have spent my whole life fighting for our country’s independence. You know I would sooner die than betray the nation. I swear I have not betrayed you.”

It might be said that this period presented Ho with the most formidable challenge of all of his struggles. Chinese troops had shattered the north; English, French, and Japanese combined had commandeered the south. The USSR was too occupied in Europe to give him even verbal support. America under Truman had grown rabidly anti-communist and consequently anti-Vietnam. And France saw in Ho a potential impediment to her intention to regain Indochina. Yet it was a Frenchman who at this time proved to be one of Ho’s most loyal and abiding friends.
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