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The White Papers Communist Conspiracy In March 1965 the United States Congress released the State Department document Aggression From the North The Record of North Viet-Nams Campaign To Conquer South Viet-Nam the white paper for publication and distribution to the American public The white paper conveyed the situation in Viet Nam as perceived by the government and would shape the perception of the public for the early part of the war Primarily it suggested that the cause of the struggle was limited to a communist masterminded take over of a separate and sovereign nation This view does not fully account for the historical nationalistic struggle the Vietnamese had suffered in the previous century The lack of reference to nationalist movements against the French creates a biased interpretation of the conflict The authors of the white paper either intentionally ignored the long standing move for self determination and nationalism in Viet Nam or were so concerned with communist control of a united Viet Nam that they discounted the nationalist motivation Nonetheless without this consideration the conflict was painted as an aggression and subversion of a recognized government by a separate country Not only was the conflict lead by the North Vietnamese it was sponsored by other communist powers which lead to a fear that communists might invade other sovereign powers The US already had a large stake in the relations between North and South Viet Nam based on their support of the Diem government From this position the authors were set in the assumption that Diem and his regime were the popular and beneficial leaders of South Viet Nam The white paper does not at any point question the authority of that government Although the extensive networks of the Viet Cong are discussed the control that they held is never clarified This omission allows the reader to assume that the Republic of Viet-Nam is still the respected authority throughout the country The Viet
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