Famous last words: "All nations fighting for their legitimate interests and sovereignty will surely win."
General Giap emphasized that that the major powers of today should not underestimate weaker countries' desire for independence.
"Vietnam proves that if a nation is determined to stand up, it is very strong. We are very proud that Vietnam was the first colony that could stand up and gain independence on its own with the victory at Dien Bien Phu."
Giap mistakenly believes that he "liberated" South Vietnam, but Truong Nhu Tang, the former Minister of Justice, writing in his book: A Vietcong Memoir, proves him wrong, by fleeing the "liberated" country in disillusionment and despair. He now lives in exile in Paris, the highest level official to have defected from Vietnam to the West.
The country had been partitioned when I fought there, and the war lasted until April 30, 1975, when Saigon, capital of South Vietnam, fell to communist forces.