The Vietnam War Was A Long, Costly Armed Conflict Essay

1675 Words Aug 17th, 2015 7 Pages
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict. The conflict pitted the communist regime, Government, of North Vietnam and its southern allies,Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its ally, the United States. More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the Vietnam War. Making more than half Vietnamese civilians. Growing opposition to the war in the United States led to bitter divisions among Americans. Despite the decades of resolve, billions upon billions of dollars and nearly 60,000 American lives along with many more injuries, the United States failed to achieve its objectives. So was this costly conflict worth it?
During World War II, Japan invaded and occupied Vietnam, a nation on the eastern edge of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The nation had been under French administration, since the late 19th century. Ho Chi Minh, an outspoken voice for Vietnamese independence, was inspired by Chinese and Soviet communism. From that inspiration he formed the Viet Minh, the League for the Independence of Vietnam. Why? To fight both Japan and the French colonial administration. When Japan withdrew its forces in 1945, Ho’s Viet Minh forces rose up immediately. They seized the northern city of Hanoi and declared a Democratic Republic of Vietnam with Ho as president. Seeking to regain control of the region, France set up the state of Vietnam in July 1949, with Saigon as its capital. Armed conflict continued until a decisive battle at Dien Bien…

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