The Superficial Aspect

August 1954
New Republic;8/16/54, Vol. 131 Issue 7, p16
This article presents information related to politics. Perhaps there are under the surface deep mysteries that explain the pained bewilderment of the public comment on the affair of Indo-China, but superficially it seems as easy to understand why France left Indo-China as why Friar John quit the monastery. There were seven reasons, he explained, the first being that he was thrown out. Nobody listened to the others. People, on the other hand, prefer listening to all the others while shutting their ears to the first. Some of pundits have elaborated a theory that Geneva was another Munich with Pierre Mendès-France playing the role of Neville Chamberlain. The fact that Munich was at one end of a war and Geneva at the other is ignored, as is the fact that Czechoslovakia was willing to fight and Indo-China is not, unless, indeed it fights for the invader.


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