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Vietnam a nation with a history ravaged by war This is a nation where unity and nationalism are forgotten in a long past of blood and tears From this desolated country there was a need for a man to rise from the ashes and unite this fragment into the whole that it once was This man needed to be from the people He had to respect and practice the ideals of the average man He had to LIVE as the average person and paint a picture for the people of the true way of life that a Vietnamese person should have Fitzgerald 1972 35 In doing this the man captured the hearts and souls of a nation and with their sweat and blood he formed a great army not an army backed with technology and numbers but an army that uses the strongest weapon it can to achieve victory That weapon is belief The Viet Minh was formed The man spoken about above is Ho Chi Minh He was the leader of the communist party in Northern Vietnam during the Vietnam War He was different from any other leader of this century This was because he didnt place himself above the people as a man giving orders that must be followed instead he became the living embodiment of the people guiding them like a father and holding their hands whenever they stumbled Halberstam 1987 12 Ho also was extremely intelligent in the way he chose to appear in front of his people Unlike most emperors and military leaders who dress in the most expensive garbs Ho dressed like the poorest peasant He spoke and acted with the greatest of modesty At times even his walk was said to look like a peasants walk Halberstam 1987 13 Ho Chi Minh was born under the rule of the French in the province of Nghe Thinh in Central Vietnam Halberstam 1987 17 Ho had a lot of time
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