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Foreign experts, media praise Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

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Updated : 10/07/2013 11:00 GMT + 7

Foreign experts and foreign media have given General Vo Nguyen Giap a pride of place following his death last Friday.

The U.S. National Public Radio (NPR) quoted Cecil Currey, professor of military history who wrote "Victory at Any Cost”, a biography book on Giap as once saying that General Giap “stands with the great giants of military leadership.”

“He measures up to Alexander the Great. He surpasses Napoleon. He surpasses all of our generals,” he added.

In the eyes of historians, General Vo Nguyen Giap is considered one of the greatest generals in the 20th century.

At 8pm (local time) on Friday, Senator John McCain, a war veteran in Vietnam, wrote on his Twitter: " Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap has passed away - brilliant military strategist who once told me that we were an "honorable enemy".

The homepage of the online version of the New York Times on October 4 (US time) set aside a big part for a feature story about General Vo Nguyen Giap, while CNN news article "Legendary Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap dies at 102” had more than 3,500 comments below by that time.

The New York Times brought the story to the cover of it print version one day later, stating that “General Giap was among the last survivors of a generation of revolutionaries who in the decades after World War II freed Vietnam of colonial rule and fought a superpower to a stalemate.”

“To his American adversaries, however, from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s, he was perhaps second only to his mentor, Ho Chi Minh.”

A column of the AP also called General Giap a legendary general, the last revolutionaries of the older generation.

General Giap “stood out as the leader of a ragtag army of guerrillas who wore sandals made of car tires and lugged their artillery piece by piece over mountains to encircle and crush the French army at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.”

“The unlikely victory, which is still studied at military schools, led not only to Vietnam's independence but hastened the collapse of colonialism across Indochina and beyond.”

Britain's Telegraph called him the outstanding general who led his forces “in the wars that forced three powerful adversaries – Japan, France and America – out of his homeland.”

“Such was his morale-boosting determination and genius for the feint and swoop that he was often described as a guerrilla leader equaled only by Mao Tse Tung and Che Guevara; and Giap was certainly adept at utilizing terrain and highly mobile troops to outwit stronger and better equipped enemies.”

The website of the U.S. TV channel, PBS, also posted "Remembering Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, dead at 102” story, stating “Vo Nguyen Giap was Vietnam's greatest living military hero, world famous for developing tactics and techniques of modern guerilla warfare.”

Chinese Xinhua news agency has posted a variety of articles praising General Giap, both as a hero and a legend of Vietnam. The Global Times newspaper, the English language subsidiary of the news agency, said General Giap was “a good friend of the Chinese people who greatly contributed to the normalization of the Vietnam-China relations.”

“General Giap’s guerilla warfare is an inspiration for those who fight for their national independence all over the world,” Prensa Latina news agency reported.

Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo conveyed condolences to the Vietnamese government over the death of General Giap, saying “the legendary General is a lively symbol of the justice struggle by the Vietnamese people.”

Meanwhile, British Financial Times newspaper commented that “General Giap is one of the most outstanding military leaders of the 20th century.”

Australian media highlighted General Giap’s great contributions to Vietnam’s national independence, and described him as one of the most revered of the country. They also said the passing away of the General created a sorrow for not only Vietnamese but also other peoples in the world.

The Vietnam News Agency has also quoted many non-English newspapers reporting and commenting about General Giap and his death.

French newspapers described General Giap as a strategist and a hero of Vietnam’s independence, and a monument in the heart of the people. Le Parisien newspaper said that the General’s name and influence have inspired the struggles for national independence from Asia to Africa, while the L’Humanite published a quote by the deceased that he is a general of peace, not war.

Corriere della Sera, a leading newspaper of Italy, ran an article praising General Giap as a hero of the Vietnamese nation’s independence, while another newspaper, La Stampa, called him a hero of all the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Many newspapers in Germany said General Giap, a disciple of President Ho Chi Minh, inspired the anti-colonialism movement all over the world. The Hindu newspaper of India said the deceased is one of the genius military leaders of the period after World War II.

Algerian newspapers also called General Giap the Algerian people’s great friend who glorifies the struggles by the nations against colonialism and foreign domination and who is respected by all, including his opponents.