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The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular war in which Americans ever fought And it cost the nation lots of money The toll in suffering sorrow and in national turmoil can never be tabulated No one wants ever to see America so divided again And for many of the more than two million American veterans of the war the wounds of Vietnam will never heal Fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives and the losses to the Vietnamese people were appalling The financial cost to the United States comes to something over 150 billion dollars YahooDirect American involvement began in 1955 with the arrival of the first advisors The first combat troops arrived in 1965 and we fought the war until the cease-fire of January 1973 To a whole new generation of young Americans today it seems a story from the olden times In 1983 the unfolding of the Vietnam tragedy was the focus of an extraordinary documentary series broadcast on public television When first aired the series was recognized immediately as a landmark It had taken six years to make Researchers had combed film archives in eleven countries and the result was a stunning record of the conflict as it happened Yahoo This war was seen as one of the most gruesome and hard-taken because of the inventions of cameras television and radio Because of these new forms of communication it was readily available for the eyes of America to see what really happened and what was really going on The end of World War II opened the way for the return of French rule to Indochina Despite the ties he had forged within the American Intelligence community and his professed respect for democratic ideals Ho Chi Minh was unable to convince Washington to recognize the legitimacy of his independence movement against the French French generals and their American advisors expected Hos rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas to be defeated easily But after eight years
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