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The Two Indias

wrung logic to arrive at the obvious. It should be obvious that if the Chinese were to enter the fray in Vietnam, it would no longer remain a war of liberation. You need not, and more important, cannot fight a war of liberation with other peoples' forces. A singular advantage which the NLF has in Vietnam which the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) does not have is the fact that in an ordinary Vietnamese peasant's view, the NLF is made up of people whom he recognises to be his compatriots while the ARVN is aided by and is fighting with the Americans. This is a vital distinction which the Indo-Chinese people more than the Chinese would like to maintain. Analysts of international politics ignore, as Mozingo had done in 1965, this primary condition of success of a people's war and, therefore, have to employ long- winded logic to arrive at the obvious.

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