Ho spent the summer in Paris trying to lock in the agreement, but the French government was purposely evasive, as it was conspiring to undermine Vietnamese independence. Ho was nevertheless well received in the French media. A French reporter who met him noted his “engaging manner and extraordinary gift for making contact,” which “at once brought a warm and direct exchange of views and gave a startlingly fresh ring to commonplace words.”  Ho returned to Vietnam in October and appealed to the Vietnamese people for patience. The French, however, showed their hand on November 22, 1946. Using a dispute over control of customs in Haiphong as a pretext, French warships bombarded the unprotected port city, killing at least 6,000 and wounding some 25,000. On December 19, Ho issued a call for “nationwide resistance”:
Given this reality, you’re going to have to set realistic goals. By willfully suspending my disbelief, I can envision a process of sequenced and mutually reinforcing steps between Israel and the Palestinians, coordinated with outreach from the Arabs to Israel and assistance to the Palestinian Authority. I can see a set of . economic initiatives to ease Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ movement from the West Bank and maybe even Gaza, and growing Israeli-Palestinian security coordination. I might even be able to imagine a Madrid 2 regional conference to tie all of this together.
During pre-service training, I hope to discover as much about Fijian culture as possible. I hope to learn about their civilization, their language, and their history so that I may better understand certain customs or beliefs they have. I would hate to offend my host family or my host community by not abiding by some unspoken custom that was unknown to me. So, hopefully I can get as much out my training as I put in. I think the most important part will be to learn to speak the language, because I believe me knowing that fundamental part of their culture will help me integrate faster and stronger. Also, if I show that I am truly working hard to learn the language, hopefully everyone will be more understanding with me when I do mess up.