Monday, 29 October 2007
After the French left what had been their Indochina, had abandoned Saigon, their Pearl of the Orient, their rubber plantations and the rest there was a period of relative peace. The North now had to recover its breath before completing its march to an independent Vietnam. President Diem in the South was consolidating his position.
It was perhaps not a happy time but better than what had gone before, at least in the South. The agrarian reforms in the communist North were in no way happy with thousands of small landowners executed.
In the South it was better than what was to come with the American war. A time in fact when youth could be youth. Although within the limits of the family structure as defined by age old custom.