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Why did the USA become involved in Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s The USA became involved in Vietnam because of a cry for help from the Vietnamese president of that time Ngo Dinh Diem or at least they used it as an excuse for what they did The Americans saw it as a prime example to the rest of the world of how capitalism could conquer communism They didnt worry that they might not actually be able to conquer the communism in Vietnam Of course the American view was that the enemy were only a bunch of peasants and farmers who had been given little or no training The quote Itll all be over before Christmas from World War I times springs to mind Vietnam was part of French Indo-China Since 1930 they found themselves opposed by communists and by 1940 the League for Vietnamese Independence was founded This was also known as the Vietminh After the second world war French control had been severely weakened A movement for independence led by Ho Chi Minh was growing in strength It was called the Vietminh The French started finding themselves fighting a guerrilla war against the Vietminh Other powers became involved Communist China gave aid to the Vietminh and the USA gave 3billion to the French Like Korea before it it became a war of ideology By 1955 France knew they were fighting a losing battle They signed a treaty in Geneva allowing for Vietnam to be split in two with a NorthSouth divide at its 17th parallel The reason for this was because France had been in control of most of the South and the Vietminh held the North since the beginning of the conflict It was also decided that the split would be a temporary one In 1956 elections would be held to reunite Vietnam again under one government Ho Chi Minh agreed to the Geneva decisions because he
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