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Unformatted text preview: Nixon's plan for ending US involvement was to build up the South Vietnamese so that they could fight the war themselves. As this process of “Vietnamization” began, US troops started to return home. Now it’s Nixon’s War…… Now The Many Facets of the War The Many Facets of the War Vietnam War Facts Vietnam War Facts On January 27, 1974, a peace accord was signed in Paris ending the conflict. By March of that year, American combat troops had left the country. After a brief period of peace, North Vietnam recommenced hostilities in late 1974. They captured Saigon on April 30, 1975, forcing South Vietnam’s surrender and reuniting the country. Vietnam War Facts Vietnam War Facts Casualties: United States: 58,119 killed, 153,303 wounded, 1,948 missing in action South Vietnam 230,000 killed and 1,169,763 wounded (estimated) North Vietnam 1,100,000 killed in action (estimated) and an unknown number of wounded The Vietnam War The Vietnam War The Vietnam War is one of the most problematic of all the wars in American history. It was all of these things: A morally ambiguous conflict (no real moral reason for us to get involved.) A war against Communism (and Russia by proxy.) A war to suppress nationalist self­determination (citizens rising up to control their own countries.) The Vietnam War The Vietnam War The war was full of paradoxes: In the name of protecting democracy, the United States propped up a dictatorial regime in South Vietnam The U.S. military was destroying villages in order to “save” them from the Co...
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