How Do You View Ho Chi Minh? A Committed Communist Or A Nationalistic Patriot?

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How do you view Ho Chi Minh? A committed communist or a nationalistic patriot?

Ho Chi Minh was a North Vietnamese leader. Ho Chi Minh led North Vietnam as a Communist. Ho Chi Minh also had the desire to see his country declaring its independence from the French empire which colonized his country for decades. In short, this can be said of Ho Chi Minh: Ho Chi Minh was a nationalist at heart and a Communist out of necessity. Below, there will be a discussion to support the hypothesis made regards to Ho Chi Minh and the magnitude of Ho Chi Minh’s nationalism and preference to the Communist movement mainly supported by North Vietnam, China and the Soviet Union against the non-Communist movement mainly led by the United States of America
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During the Vietnam War against the United States of America as well as its allies like The Republic of the Philippines; which lasted from 1955 to 1975, Ho Chi Minh did not support Vietnam as a united whole instead supporting the Communist North Vietnam against the non-Communist South Vietnam and its allies. During this twenty year period, which saw five United States presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Gerald R. Ford, Ho Chi Minh was with North Vietnam while the United States was with South Vietnam. The fact that Ho Chi Minh has chosen a side in a civil war in Vietnam may be defined as not being nationalist but again, South Vietnam and North Vietnam at this point were two nations with two ideologically different philosophies between the two. According to a lecture from Political Science 458 - The Vietnam Wars, United Stated presidents, especially Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman distrusted Ho Chi Minh due to Ho Chi Minh’s Communist ideology, although they were not great in personal terms with the French government either. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson started and expanded the military involvement of the United States in Vietnam respectively. President Richard M. Nixon decided to end the United States’ involvement and withdrew troops essentially leaving United States’ ally in the conflict; South Vietnam in the cold. President Gerald R. Ford, due to the fact that

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