Australian Left Review

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Ten Years After: The May Events in France


Eric Aarons


1968 was a vintage political year. It saw, in February, the Tet offensive by the liberation forces in Vietnam. This shattered US military and political strategy to maintain and strengthen imperialist positions in the region. It battered the already shaky morale of US troops and changed the political situation in the US itself to such an extent that L.B. Johnson announced he would not recontest the Presidency. Tet made it politically impossible for a long period for US ground forces to be committed against liberation movements anywhere - clearly a factor in the struggle in Africa at present. Through the Tet offensive, the “Third World” asserted its growing presence in the life of our times.