Thompson, Robert
April 1968
Foreign Affairs;Apr1968, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p442
This article presents information on the conflict in Vietnam. There are a number of basic points about the nature of Peoples' Revolutionary War that need to be clearly understood. The first is the superb organization of the Vietnamese Congress within the country. The most important element is the underground organization within the population designed to provide a popular and logistic base for the guerrilla forces. This underground organization has taken years to build up using the cell system, or "bead-stringing," to spread both throughout the country and within all classes of society. From the point of view of control it is necessary only that the underground organization should be able to obtain from the people the essential needs of war, money, supplies, recruits and intelligence. Except in so far as it has to tax and to propagate its cause it does not need to govern in the accepted sense of the term. Peoples' Revolutionary Wars are by their nature destined to be long, arduous, protracted struggles, but if the means are correctly applied they can be won. The question which still has to be answered is whether the United States can do it before it is too late


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