Peace in Vietnam -- An Acceptable Solution
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This essay considers four possible alternative solutions for Vietnam ranging from capitulation by the United States to continued military pressure until U.S. offers of unconditional negotiations are accepted. An analysis of these alternatives leads to the conclusion that in the present world climate, the United States must continue to offer unconditional negotiations and accept any opportunity to negotiate. However, the recommendation includes continuing military pressure until negotiations have produced the desired results. Whether or not the Viet Cong should be included as conferees is examined as are possible means of supervising disarmament and free elections. The proposed recommendation includes accepting the Viet Cong as conferees, but only as protagonists who agree to stop fighting, not as representatives of a government or a people. The recommendation also proposes that the demilitarized and pacified Viet Cong, as a political party, be permitted a role in the future government of South Vietnam. Their role is to be limited to that of a political party sponsoring candidates for election in elections that are free and properly supervised. Supervision of disarmament, pacification of the Viet Cong, and free elections are to be accomplished by representatives of the 17 nonaligned nations that have already conducted meetings as an informal organization.
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