Dominos. One falls then they all fall. People spend hours to set them up, just to watch them all fall in the blink of an eye. This is similar to the theory of what the U.S. believed would happen if one country, Vietnam, was to fall to communism. This is what caused the war between North Vietnam the communist lead government and the anti-communist South (Encyclopedia Britannica1). How does a war relate to a game enjoyed by millions of people all over the world? Just like in a game of dominos, you set them up and watch them fall, the Vietnam War was the same. Vietnam and the countries surrounding it had worked very hard for independence, that they no longer cared how their government was run. But, the U.S. believed that if Vietnam became communist lead, they would watch Vietnam, and all it’s surrounding countries fall down to communism (Encyclopedia Britannica1) in just the blink of an eye. This was known as the domino theory as stated in Vietnam War1, and was the main reason for the start of the Vietnam war. But, what was the turn of events to start this long engagement?
This all started after the united Vietnam (then known as French Indochina as found in Encyclopedia Britannica1) finally gained their independence from France in 1954 as quoted by Vietnam War1. This was a time when Vietnam had become ‘vulnerable’ to different rules. This was when Ho Chi Minh took his chance to change the future of Vietnam forever. He thought that the one thing that Vietnam was missing was a communist government. So he planned to take over Vietnam through communism, and succeeded, but only in the North side of Vietnam. In the south, the government fought to get communism as far away from them and their people as possible. And so, the war began. Wi...
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