Why Did The Vietnamese War Start

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Vietnamese War is also known as the Second Indochinese War. The war happened during the Cold War, it started in 1954 and lasted until 1973. It basically took place mainly in South Vietnam, North Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The Vietnamese War broke out between government of Southern Vietnam and communists in Northern Vietnam, who wanted to unite Vietnam under their government. The North part was supported by the USSR, while the Southern part of Vietnam was allied with the US. By the that time, the U.S. had the largest foreign military presence and literally directed the whole war from 1695 until 1698. For this reason, this war is known as the American War in South Vietnam. It was directly considered as a result of the First Indochinese War…show more content…
One of the main reasons why the war began was: North Vietnam wanted to unite the country under their control. However, the South Vietnam refused to sing in a treaty and declared itself a republic. Consequently, there was no way of uniting the state, except taking over the South Vietnam. The Vietnamese War began with terror against the representatives of South. Many communist-opposition groups were created such as Viet Cong or NFRU. Later USA became quite concerned about the success of communists, so they decided to intervene into the war. American involvement began to escalate under President J.F. Kennedy. Therefore, J. F. Kennedy’s administration decided to increase the military and bilateral aid to South Vietnam. As they were afraid of wide spread of communism, the USA endeavoured to train the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. President Kennedy was quiet confident that the war will end in favour of capitalism. South Vietnam became depended on America’s intervention, because people were incapable of defending their republic on their own. This kind of situation is called Americanisation of the war. At the beginning the fights and bombings were taking place on a territory of South Vietnam. However, after the American aircraft was attacked by Viet-Cong, as a response to…show more content…
Many Americans thought that the war a major waste of money and people, as America spent over 2 billions of $ just on military, without including all other expenses, such as bombs, health aid and ETC.
- Many historians think that this war had nothing to do with Vietnam. In this situation, Vietnam and its people were victims of two rival countries: USSR and USA. It was the height of the Cold War, neither the Soviets or the US could afford to fight each other directly because of the fear of Nuclear war. The policy of the US was containment, preventing the spread of communism. So the help in the Vietnam War was some type of preventing the world-wide spread of communism.
- The post-war impact of the Vietnam War: “Agent Orange”, one of major herbicides used, has left a serious ecological and human impact on Vietnamese people’s lives. Today there are still many children in Vietnam growing up with various diseases and disabilities affected by the harmful chemicals carried out in the war.
- These actions caused a lot of hatred between the North and South Vietnamese people, whose effects, to some extent, still last to
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