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As the Cold War progressed the playing field for superpower altercations-by-proxy began to expand well past European boundaries beginning with Korea in 1950 Vietnam was only one of the prominent if not tragic examples of the globalization of what should have been a small-scale confrontation Instead both the USA and the USSR opted to fight out their differences by proxy In Vietnam this meant channelling personal hostilities through what should have been a strictly civil war which could be argued would have not have taken place without superpower involvement in Geneva 1954 Nevertheless like most tragedies and indeed most of history the story of Vietnam is replete with should haves- it is all too easy to take benefit of hindsight for granted Therefore while the policies of the USA and the USSR in Vietnam may seem reprehensible today if should be remembered that a legacy of fifteen years of superpower rivalry by the time of the 1960s may prove the justification of their policies to some extent In most respects Vietnam is often considered as Americas War Beginning with Kennedys finger in the dike approach to the Third World in 1960 to Johnsons disastrous Rolling Thunder and ground troop escalation and ending with Nixons Vietmanization and peace with honour American foreign policy in the 1960s to 70s was unequivocally dedicated to Vietnam In contrast however the USSR had none such interventionist policies An overview of Soviet involvement will reveal that little more diplomatic pressure applied judiciously on Hanoi and the provision of weapons and other aid Contrary to American paranoia at the time Stately Kanow insisted Ho was nevera pawn of communist matters Stalins open criticism of Hos questionable commitment to Marxism due to the latters attempts to engage the USA and gain recognition from Tito in 1950 is ample proof of this Some historians such as William J Duiker go as far to say that the Soviet authority was initially uninterested in
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