Academic and former Minister of Colonies Jacques Soustelle believes the war is part of a communist master plan to take over the world. Soustelle claims that the Viet Minh fired first in the war and this creates the impression of a duplicitous Ho. He also recounts battles and Vietnamese resistance to French colonial domination as part of a worldwide communist attempt to take over the world and not as a Vietnamese struggle for independence.
Soustelle describes Indo-china as three countries "within the French Union . . . "the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Kingdom of Laos and the State of Viet Nam." He ignores the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam. The State of Viet Nam is a French creation. He describes the "Emperor's authority" as "still weak." "Police and security" are in Vietnamese hands except they cannot defeat the revolution without French aid. He points out that the Viet Minh "controls extensive territories . . . and guerrilla activity continues without interruption in Cochinchina." Their weapons are "contraband" from other Southeast Asian countries. If they are the enemy taking control of people how did this happen. It sounds like they have the support of people. (Jacques Soustelle. "Into-China and Korea: One Front." Foreign Affairs October 1950)