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 Dwight D. Eisenhower had pledged his firm support to Diem and South Vietnam. With training and equipment from American military and police, Diem’s security forces cracked down on Viet Minh consoles in the south, arresting some 100,000 people; many who were tortured or killed. By 1957, the Viet Cong and other opponents of Diem’s began fighting back with attacks on government officials and other targets, and by 1959 they had begun engaging South Vietnamese Army forces in firefights. Another interpretation has recently emerged, now that the Vietnam War is history and can be studied by scholars with greater, though not unlimited, access to records on all sides. The emerging scholarly interprets the war in the global context of the Cold War that

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