Was announcing the declaration at the end of WWII good or bad timing for the Vietnamese?      Why do you think Ho Chi Minh references the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the French...

Was announcing the declaration at the end of WWII good or bad timing for the Vietnamese?

 

 

 

Why do you think Ho Chi Minh references the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the French Declaration on the Rights of Man and the Citizen?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that this was the only point at which Ho could have declared independence.  I believe that he references the two documents you mention as a way of trying to either A) get the US and France to agree with him or B) to make them look bad if they do not.

If Ho had not declared independence at that point, when would he have?  If he waited, the French would have come back and set up their colonial government again.  It would have been much harder to try to set up a country at that point.  By declaring at the end of WWII, he was saying "we just got rid of the Japanese and are not ruled by anyone, let's keep it that way."  If he waited, it would be a case of rebelling against the French and that would be harder to pull off.

By citing the founding documents of the US and France, Ho might have been trying to get them to agree with him.  He might have been saying "look, all we want is what you already said.  So you should agree that we deserve it."  Alternatively, he might have been pressuring them.  He might have been saying "look, I'm pointing out that you guys believe in freedom.  If you don't give it to us, you're going to look bad in the eyes of the world."

Either way, it didn't work and the Vietnam War happened...