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Southern Revolt - Start of Second VN War

Southern Revolt - Start of Second VN War - undermine Diem...

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1959 – Communist-led attack 1960 – Communist-led uprising took control over province south of Saigon Initiated campaign against the Saigon government o Would last 15 years, necessitate much US troop intervention to put down Pacific Policy before ’58 because South was exhausted by 8 year war with France. Guerilla warfare requires support of rural population DRV in North needed time to consolidate position north of 17 th parallel. Faced severe economic adjustments – war damage, cut off from rice supplies of South International situation before ’58 poor, no international power supporting their communism. 1957 – USSR wanted to show it was moderate, proposed N and S Vietnam both be admitted to UN as separate countries North was unlikely to embark on arm struggle, because still thought Diem regime would fall. Hoped for army coup, or nationalist/religious uprise Vietminh Concealed weapons, sent North key military personal, sought to build strong political movement in the South, wanted to
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Unformatted text preview: undermine Diem through non-military means • Emphasized publishing newspapers, petitions, front organizations, meetings • Controlled almost all villages not controlled by religious sects Diem refused to play by Hanoi’s rules • Wanted to eradicate Vietminh from South • “You don’t coexist with those who want to exterminate you.” • Brother – “My hand will never tire of killing communists.” The Communist Party of Vietnam in the South had to rethink its strategy, as Diem was dominating • Central committee in Hanoi issued new directives More militant Vietminh • Knew that doing nothing would be their undoing • Felt it had secure base in North from which to launch insurrection in the South • 1958-59 revolutionary disturbances in 3 rd world countries that seemed to inspire pro-communist revolts • Despite Diem’s strength on paper, Vietminh felt there was enough disapproval to feed on...
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