Looking Back at Historical Events: The Vietnam War

>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Vietnam War was a difficult time for both the Americans and the Vietnamese. It occurred from 1959 to 1975, fought between the communist North Vietnam and South Vietnam’s government, which was supported by the United States.

Why the US had difficulty winning the Vietnam War

Vietnam has struggled for its independence for years, making them prepared for the fight against the Americans. A US ally, South Vietnam, was not an organized single command. The American military lacked the proper strategies to have an advantage. They also did not have a clear idea of the war’s end and goals, and surged into war without understanding Vietnam’s situation. They opted for the traditional form of fighting instead of using counterinsurgency strategies.

How the Vietnam War ended

President Nixon has stopped sending troops in 1973, suspending offensive action against North Vietnam. In 1973, direct US involvement ceased according to the Paris Peace Accords. South Vietnam’s Saigon fell under communist rule on April 29, 1975. The defeat of South Vietnam was the inevitable fall of America in the war as well.

Communist Vietnam’s victory wrapped up 116 years of the country’s fight with foreign occupation. Unfortunately, the win was at the cost of a million Vietnamese lives.


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