The Great Downfall During The First Indochina War

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Once again this treatment of the Vietnamese people showed how little the French thought of them, their culture and their abilities, the French’s arrogance in underestimating the Vietnamese may have been their greatest downfall during the first Indochina War. During President Franklin Roosevelt’s time in office, it has become apparent that he held great hostility towards the French colonialism in Southeast Asia, even declaring to his secretary “The case of Indochina is perfectly clear, France has milked it for one hundred years, the people of Indochina are entitled to something better than that.” A trusteeship is what President Roosevelt had in mind, this scheme would see Indochina taken away from France and be placed under an international directorate, that would prepare it for eventual independence. After President Roosevelt death on the 12th of April 1945, the presidential role was succeeded by Harry Truman who did not shared Roosevelt’s concern over colonialism and adopted a policy even more favourable to France. This policy by President Truman only brought limited results, the French hopes of victory that was restored by the prospect of America’s assistance was short lived. True to France’s reputation of epic ‘last stands’ the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 was just that, a 56 day battle that was seen as a hopeless situation that nothing positive could of come from. The battle ended on the 7th of May 1954 and on the fiftieth anniversary in 2004 Vietnamese
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