The Vietnam War

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The bombs fell. Everyone panics. No running away from this. Everything stays. Lasting for 20 years (1955-1975), the Vietnam war, as bloody as any other wars, took away more than two million lives, in which many of them were civilians. Three million were wounded, and hundreds of thousands of children were left orphans. The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States.
The Cold War played a significant part in the beginning of the Vietnam War. With the Cold War intensifying, the United States hardened its policies against any allies of the Soviet Union, and by 1955 President
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. . america believed that once Korea was taken over it would spread to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and many more neighboring countries.” ARVN 'S weakness was another reason. It was quite obvious that South Vietnam couldn 't resist the aggression of the communists by the Vietcong if they are not given any assistance. According to a 1963 report credited to the American commander of The Southern Vietnamese Army (the ARVN) were believed to be ill-equipped home militia who were always murdered in their sleep while they maintained their defensive positions. The United States believed that a combination of a good government and a very efficient full-blown war would be enough to defeat the Vietcong.
Along with the Civil Rights campaigns of the 1960s, one of the most divisive forces in twentieth-century U.S. history. The antiwar movement actually consisted of a number of independent interests, often only vaguely allied and contesting each other on many issues, united only in opposition to the Vietnam War. Attracting members from college campuses, middle-class suburbs, labor unions, and government institutions, the movement gained national prominence in 1965, peaked in 1968, and remained powerful throughout the duration of the conflict. Including political, racial, and cultural spheres, the antiwar movement exposed a deep disagreement within 1960s American society. That motivation appeared early in February when the U.S. began

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