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Vietnamese Perspectives On The War Response

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While thinking about the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese point of view, it occurred to me about how hard the Vietnamese tried to avoid a war with America, but how vigorously they fought once hostilities began. After the Vietnamese defeated the French colonial forces in what was then called Indochina, Ho Chi Minh expressed his hope that the Vietnamese could coexist peacefully with America. When it became apparent that this would not the case, he strongly denounced America as imperialist oppressors, and the Diem regime in South Vietnam as a puppet government. Although at first Ho Chi Minh’s policies seemed more nationalistic than socialist, as the war progressed it seemed he became increasingly radical. On the subject of South Vietnam, it appeared that the government was motivated mainly
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Unformatted text preview: by a desire for power, which it achieved through a marriage of convenience with the US. America wanted an ally to fight communism, and the South Vietnamese needed America to support and defend the government. It seemed like there was little interest in the war in the South, and very few people actually knew what they were fighting for. Many of the complaints about the ARVN were that they would often retreat from combat without putting up much of a fight (kind of like the Iraqi Army and police today). This was because most South Vietnamese soldiers were drafted, and paid very little. It amazed me how long the war dragged on when the people we were supposedly fighting for didn’t want us there, and we didn’t want to be there....
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