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his opposition to the Vietnam war...
...was seen as vicarious trechery, as the USA was (unwisely) only picking up the Frenchman's burden in Vietnam.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:12:42 AM EST
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Yes, but this objection (from an elderly general, apparently) was the subject of widespread ridicule. Having been opposed to France's colonial adventures hasn't been an obstacle to receiving the Légion d'Honneur, at least not since De Gaulle died.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:43:04 AM EST
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Perhaps one who had seen action at Diem Bien Phu - usual suspects.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:59:51 PM EST
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