To understand the Vietnam War it is essential to understand the role of HCM, & to understand HCM it is necessary to understand the dominant influence of Leninism on him & his Lao Dong Party. That relationship is concisely explained in Catino's book, The Aggressors. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. I am going to include a brief summary of it in the script for the school video that Fred Koster is planning. It is especially important, because so few kids today know anything at all about Communism, which in the form of Leninism was the central issue of the Vietnam War.
Today's younger people, encompassing those under 50, do not know a bloody damn thing about Lenin and Leninism. Somewhere along the line Lenin picked up attitudinal outlook of Sergey Nechayev, the late 19th century Russian revolutionary:
This in turn was partially absorbed by Ho Chi Minh. It is conjecture, but enlightened conjecture nonetheless, that Ho intended to wipe out non-communist anti-French nationalist, as well as southern Trotskites because of lessons learned during Russian Civil War from 1917 through 1922 when Bolshevik fate was in the balance. Ho presumably...or so it can be inferred....he HAD to get rid of non-communists nationalists as soon as possible, even before fighting French. He could not afford to have the non-communists nationalists take root and capture appeal of Viet people. Having learned of Russia's Civil war and threat of White Russians and other non-communist groups, Ho conceivably felt they must be eradicated before gaining acceptance.
No smoking gun documentation on this but it seems entirely rational.
Douglas Pike said when he first went to VN he was surprised at how much his prior studies in Russian and Russian Communist Party history informed him of what HCM was doing, how, why. Simple. HCM and VN CP simply following Bolshevik template.
Ho and Lenin both exhibited cold-blooded ruthlessness, having no concern for people, their suffering and death in war. They had, whether they knew it or not, simly absorbed Nechayev's doctrine.
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