Exploring Reasons Behind United States' Involvement in Vietnam

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Exploring Reasons Behind United States' Involvement in Vietnam

The involvement of the USA was not a sudden event; it was a gradual

slide into war that began with financial support of the French to

regain power of Vietnam. After World War II, the Vietminh were very

quick to replace the Japanese in Vietnam, and by September 1945, Ho

Chi Minh announced that it was an independent, democratic republic.

But the French also wanted to regain power of Vietnam and by March

1946, the French claimed victory over the communist Vietnamese. At

this time the USA was not really very interested in who was in power

of Vietnam. They were even sympathetic towards the Vietnamese people,

who, the US felt, deserved independence after so many years of

colonial French reign. During the period from 1946 to 1949, fighting

broke out between he French and the Vietnamese Communists, but the

French were virtually unaided by the US. But in 1950, what the

Americans thought about French rule in Vietnam had totally changed.

This was due to the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The USA would give

support to any country opposing communism at this time. So this was

one of the reasons why the USA became involved in Vietnam. They wanted

to contain communism, as they feared it and all that it stood for.

Communism was the total opposite to everything that the Land of

America stood for such as individuality and freedom of speech and

personal rights. That was why America felt that it was obligated to

protect Southern Asian countries from the spread of communism. At that

time, America was the world super power, so they saw themselves as the

world peacekeeper and that they had a r...

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On the 27th of January 1973, the Paris Peace Agreement saying that all

American troops would withdraw from Vietnam was signed. One reason why

it was signed at that time was that Kissinger wanted to sign the

agreement before the re-elections so that Nixon would be seen well in

the public eye and so that he would be re-elected, and he was. Thieu

had refused to sign the agreement before, as without the aid of the US

the South Vietnamese would be at the mercy of the North, but in 1973

the Americans said that they would sign without him if he wouldn't

sign. So in March 1973, the last remaining troops in Saigon left

Vietnam along with 691 American prisoners of war, leaving the South

Vietnamese to try to fight the North by themselves, with only

financial and technological aid.

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