From Ho Chi Minh’s fictional Diary:

12 June 1950
Pac Bo, Vietnam

By now the French have brought 150,000 troops into Vietnam, about a third of their entire army. And although we hold all the countryside, they hold the towns. Mao’s victory in China gave us millions of friends but limited material support - they are too busy repairing their own ravaged country. “Kind advice is a bowl without rice.” Meanwhile, Stobart, who has just arrived from Delhi, tells me the Americans have decided to give France full support.

The following is a statement made by Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi on the fifth anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day on September 2, 1950:

”Since the outbreak of hostilities in Vietnam, the French government has been overthrown over a dozen times; French commanders-in-chief have been replaced five or six times; French troops have been worn down; France’s finances have dwindled with every passing day. The French people’s anti-war movement has spread ever more extensively. Our people have grown ever more united and resolute.

Now the French colonialists have openly admitted that they are exhausted and cannot prolong the war unless they are helped by the USA.
While begging the U.S.A. for help, they are afraid lest the Americans oust them from Indochina, as the Japa nese did a few years ago.”


Ho’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam, established in 1945, was recognized in 1950 by Mao’s newly formed People’s Republic of China and by the USSR. Alarmed by this ominous development, the U.S. then openly began supporting the French in Vietnam. The outbreak of the war in Korea (a largely U.S. but so-called “United Nations” affair to combat a communist takeover) inspired what was called the “domino theory,” which implied that if firm and immediate action were not taken, vulnerable nations (Korea already and Vietnam imminently) would fall, like a row of stacked dominoes, to a communist takeover.
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