Vietnam Essay

977 WordsApr 14, 20124 Pages
The destructive effects of the US war in Vietnam encompassed not only a body count, but also the lingering wound of a war that could not be adequately explained. Many do not fully realize the impact The Vietnam War caused. The toll American’s paid wasn’t just fiscal, but also caused those involved physical and emotional suffering. The Vietnam War was caused by many factors that contributed to the warfare in Vietnam during the years of 1959 to 1975. Most factors were the beliefs held by people who wanted to change or to prevent Vietnam becoming an Independent country. Many people suffered due to these beliefs and policies. The Vietnam War is now considered as one of the most distressing moments in the 20th Century. Even today, there are many questions surrounding the United States involvement in Vietnam. Much of our participation in Vietnam was a series of choices made by five presidents between 1945 and 1975. John F. Kennedy implemented polices in 1961 through 1963, that involved military action and diplomacy. Kennedy believed that Vietnam was a test of America’s ability to defeat communists. He promised the following in his inaugural address: “Let every nation know...that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” From the 1880s until World War II, France governed Vietnam as part of French Indochina, which also included Cambodia and Laos. The country was under the control of an emperor, Bao Dai. From 1946 until 1954, the Vietnamese struggled for their independence from France during the first Indochina War. At the end of this war, the country was temporarily divided into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam came under the control of the Vietnamese Communists who had opposed France and aimed for a unified Vietnam under Communist rule. Vietnamese who had

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