|Hong wrote, quoting the ultimate arbiter of truth Wikipedia|
"The government of South Vietnam, now under the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem and supported by the United States, refused to hold the stipulated elections, noting that Ho had introduced a police state and refused to allow international observers, precluding a free election. Moreover, most contemporary observers estimated that were an election held in the 1954-55 period, around 80% of the Vietnamese population would have voted for Ho Chi Minh."
Hong, I propose that myself, Johnny, and Ted *and you* all vote on what we get to do with *your property* I propose we confiscate everything you own, and distribute it amongst myself, Johnny, and Ted. Surprise surprise, we win, by a whopping margin of 3 votes to 1!!! No matter, the election was 'democratic' and you were freely allowed 'self determination' Additionally, I vote that we 'dissappear' you so that you will not complain about this, nor foment a 'counter revolution'. And hey, even though Johnny, Ted, and I are armed with AK-47's supplied by our good friend Demitri, you get whatever form of government you deserve!
A 30 second "wikipedia" read does not constitute a well informed opinion on a topic. The population of North Vietnam in 1956 was much larger than that of South Vietnam, and amazingly communist elections always had almost perfect turnouts! So why on earth would South Vietnam compete in an unfair election with a larger population which amounted to participating in a vote where a 'majority' would vote on wiping you out of existence?
Michael F Dickey