During 1957 and 1965 they have some problems with the government and North Vietnam send their troops to fight against the government. After this the war started. The North Vietnam has the support of other communist countries for example the USSR and the South Vietnam have the support of the US, this because the US was anti-communist. The US sent equipment and troops to South Vietnam, because they were going to help them win this war against the communism. When the war started many American people was against it and want this to end son as possible.
At the same time they tried to create a strong non-communist South Vietnam under the leadership of Diem. By the late 1950s, the communist rebels in South Vietnam declared a revolutionary struggle against Diem, so as to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. In turn, by the 1960s the USA became more and more alarmed at this prospect, leading to further intervention in Vietnam to stop this. When Kennedy was inaugurated he inherited many crises around the globe, the most pertinent was the loss of Cuba. After the well known Bay of Pigs fiasco, he felt he was advised that he needed a foreign policy success.
Since the Viet Minh did not like the French, they fought against the French. The Viet Minh had actually been planning to attack the French by taking over and attacking all of their garrisons. This whole coup was executed in a swift blitzkrieg-like manner. The French were crippled by the powerful attack from the Viet Minh, and now the French were determined to get their power back, so they turned to Bao Dai, who had a plan for an independent Vietnam. The U.S. wanted to support the French, but backed out due to the imperialism that seemed apparent from the position the French were in.
It was put in place to allow the French to leave peacefully under a cease fire. The Vietnam War became a long battle between two nationalist groups the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese. The North Vietnamese wanted Vietnam to have a communist government. The South Vietnamese wanted to elect someone to run the country. This caused the nation to divide into two different nationalist groups.
One key reason why the US became progressively involved in Vietnam was the fear of the Domino theory. The Domino theory was arguably the most significant cause for the escalation of US support in the Vietnam War. The Americans feared that if they left the corrupt South Vietnamese government alone, the whole country would collapse to communism and ultimately spread to neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia. The most important reason as to why the United States became increasingly involved in Vietnam was the long-term effect of the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory was the belief that once one country had fallen to communism, its neighbors would do the same.
The people of Vietnam were not happy about being flung from one countries rule to another. As a result of this Ho Chi Minh, a communist freedom fighter set up his own political party called the Vietminh, he also set up an army to go with this party called the Vietcong in order to fight for his countries freedom. The United States first got involved with Vietnam by giving money, support and aid to Ho Chi Minh to train his army, the Vietcong via OSS (organisation of strategic services) because Ho Chi Minh was a freedom fighter and the people of America are very much into freedom and things such as the American dream. However this support and help from America ended in 1945 after Stalin had Liberated Europe. At the end of World War 2 Stalin and his army had driven the Nazis out of many countries in Eastern Europe but he told his armies to stay in these countries and set up communist governments.
Jozeph Kaddissi EN 102 Composition 2 (1:15-2:30) 21 February 2011 Vietnam War: The Fight against Social Injustice The war in Vietnam occurred at a period when the United States perceived communism as a serious threat to democracy, capitalism, American peace of society, and the civilized world. During this period, the USSR and the United States were deeply engrossed in the cold war. The war in Vietnam is only one among the many proxy wars between the communist countries led by the USSR and the capitalistic countries led by the United States. The communist North Vietnam had embarked on a war campaign against the south. Motivated by the need to deter the spread of communist ideology, America felt obligated to intervene to preserve the sovereignty of South Vietnam and possibly to end any further communist incursions in the north.
As well as this the fighting itself was filmed and broadcasted in North Vietnam to show that they had successfully attacked and breached the American defences. The information was then relayed back to the United States and shown, through the media and press, to the public. At this time Americans believed that the war was coming to an end and that they had almost total control over Vietnam. This was obviously not the case - as they soon found out. The images that were broadcasted all over America did not please the public and before long riots and protests were being held in the streets to end the war.
Each event focused on ideology contrasts from the rest. There were differences in the number of casualties, the costs for war, as well as the reasons for going to war. The United States involved itself in Vietnam because of the belief in the domino theory; that if a single nation fell to communism, the other nations surrounding it, would soon follow. Eventually America found it near impossible to fight against the
But United States leaders had other concerns. No sooner had World War II ended, then a "Cold War," between the forces of democracy and communism began (Schomp The Vietnam War 5). Long years of fighting had devastated the democratic nations of Western Europe, which left the communist Soviet Union as the dominant power in Europe and Asia (Schomp The Vietnam War 5). The Soviet Union had already over run most of Eastern Europe; now they seemed determined to spread communism all around the globe (Schomp The Vietnam War 5). To help counter that threat Truman started secretly sending money as well as supplies to help back the French forces against Ho Chi Minh's forces (Schomp The Vietnam War 5).