The War Of The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War was one of the first wars to be broadcasted in one’s own living room. It is also one of the most misconstrued and misunderstood wars that have resulted in American defeat. Being one of the longest wars fought in history, it has left many questioning the motivation behind the conflict that spanned two decades before being resolved. Despite being a conflict between North and South Vietnam, the United States decided to enter the war in spite of being faced with opposition from its citizens. This was a war of choice, not necessity. The United States’ incentive was solely stimulated by self-interest and progressed by deception. It has generated controversial opinions when analyzing whether the war was justifiable in terms of origin, motivation and U.S. involvement. The U.S., to justify their interference in the war, used the domino theory, which exaggerated and instilled fear of communism in the public. Unfortunately, it is not enough to rationalize their decision and will further be scrutinized when applying the Just War theory. Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese engaged in an anti-colonial war against France. The defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu preceded the Geneva conference that granted independence to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Vietnam was further divided into two provinces, communist North and anti-communist South. In the late 1950s, Communist insurgents, recognized as the Viet Cong, had waged a battle between the South Vietnamese government

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