Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: On the Peace Train
Re: Question about the Vietnam War
True, and there were other factors too, such as:
--- corruption in the South Vietnamese government.
--- until the Diem brothers who ran it were killed in a coup on Nov. 1, 1963 there was a religious divide. (They were Catholics running a heavily Buddhist country.) The Viet Minh who had caused the French to leave in 1954 and become (in the South) the Vietcong used both to gain more support by then.
--- despite American use of the toxic defoliant Agent Orange to try to "burn off" the jungle from the air, that failed. Thus the North Vietnamese government formed after the French left and the country was divided were able to move troops and (Soviet and Chinese) supplies into the south along the Ho Chi Minh trail.
This just scratches the surface. PM me if you want more information, such as the manipulation of US public opinion by our own government on this. (And a couple of things about Ho Chi Minh that I'll bet not one other student in your class will write, and will likely impress your teacher/professor.)