Essay about An Anti War By Graham Greene

1133 Words Apr 19th, 2015 5 Pages
From 1945 to 1964 Vietnam was separated between the communists in the North and the colonialists in the South. Ho Chi Minh, leader of the communist forces in the North (Vietminh), was a Vietnamese nationalist who was prepared to do anything in order to earn his country’s independence. Many believed that Ho was an agent under the Soviet Union sent to Indochina in order to spread communism. In The Quiet American, an anti-war novel by Graham Greene, Thomas Fowler, a British Journalist, and Alden Pyle, an undercover CIA agent, navigate through Vietnam, developing their own ideas for what is best for the Vietnamese people and what must be done in order for their ideas to happen. While trying to prevent the Domino Theory, the theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries, the United States had intervened in Vietnam, siding with the anti-communists. Pyle’s interpretation for the use of containment and the need of a Third Force in order to help prevent the spread of communism is more correct than Fowler’s idea because although the Vietnamese were directly fighting for the communists, a communist win in Indochina would set an example to other countries that communism was the best way to achieve independence. The fear of the Domino Theory created a prioritization of containment by the United States in order to stop the spread of communism throughout Indochina. Instead of trying to understand Ho Chi Minh’s motives for turning North…

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