The War Of The Vietnam War Essay

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The Vietnam War was a long fought war between North Vietnam, which marked its communist regime and South Vietnam, which was supported by the United States. It was believed that if Vietnam fell under communist influence, than other nations in Southeast Asia would follow, hence the domino theory. Although the United States’ involvement dated back to World War II, it did not escalate until the 1950’s. Unfortunately the United States’ involvement kept increasing due to the fear of communism. There were several factors that led to the increase of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Events at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Conference, the creation of South Vietnam, and John F. Kennedy’s “Flexible Response” policy, increased the United States’ involvement in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963.
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the most decisive battle in the Indochina War (1946–54). Southeast Asia had been under French colonial rule for several years, but many wanted France to leave. The French were determined to stay in order to restore their pride. Although the U.S. paid about eighty percent of France’s fighting, they wanted to let France deal with the growing communism. The Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954), was extremely significant. This battle marked the beginning of the United States’ interest in Vietnam. At Dien Bien Phu, France was surrounded, lost and forced to leave Southeast Asia. Now more than ever was the risk of communism spreading even more. The United States could no longer ignore this…

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