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2-16-17 The Vietnam War (1956-65) After the second world war, a nationalist movement took place and fought the French. The war ends in 1954 following with the signing of the Geneva accords Created 2 Vietnams o Communist north (Viet Minh) - Hi Chi Minh o Democratic south (ARVN) - Ngo Dinh Diem Both sides would get to vote on whether to remain separate or merge into one country China provided support and aid for the Viet Minh The vote never happens as northern forced invade southern Vietnam starting the seconds indo-china war Diem was a vile cruel man and a very corrupt unpopular leader that the military couldn’t stand him o A paper tiger As the years go by and the war continues, the united states gets more and more involved o At first we were advisors but gradually we start to send special forces to train forces, and under strict instructions not to fire unless they were fired upon By the early 60s there was a serious talk of overthrowing Diem o The only thing that stopped them was the Us response to the overthrow o They didn’t know if the US would stop their support He doesn’t have political, military, or popular support o They are Buddhists but there was a catholic minority o Diem was catholic and had a lot of anti-Buddhist policies o Persecuted Buddhists in Vietnam and this loses all the popular support Fall of 1963 the head of the largest monastery announced a demonstration or protest the policies of Diem o The monks of the monastery come to a major intersection in Saigon o The head of the monastery goes in the middle of the intersection and sits down in a meditative position and other douse him in carnosine and lights himself on fire He committed ritual suicide and died for this cause o This causes a lot of attention o These generals reached out to the Americans in Vietnam and asked what they
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