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Tragedy in Vietnam When many Americans think of the Vietnam War they think of the American lives that were lost as a result of this terrible tragedy Americans tend to think of the 58000 American lives lost and fail to realize that the Vietnamese people lost somewhere between three and four million including countless women and children due to the ruthless guerrilla warfare of both armies Communism is what first involved American soldiers because for some reason stopping the spread of communism was more important than saving Vietnamese lives The events leading up to the war Americas involvement in the war the killing of innocent Vietnamese and the events after the war all show how appallingly horrid the Vietnamese people were treated throughout every stage of the war From 1946 up until 1954 Vietnam had been trying gain its independence from France After the initial war that followed Vietnam divided into North and South Vietnam Karnow 27 North Vietnam came under communist control which had first led them to their war for independence South Vietnam was controlled by the Vietnamese who had been in support of the French Goldstein 10 Before the war started Ho Chi Minh later the leader of North Vietnam made good ties with the United States through his organization Viet Minh Viet Minh helped rescue American pilots and also delivered secret information to the United States Plaster 56 The United States became directly involved in the war in 1965 when they sent over the first troops to keep the Southern Vietnamese government from collapsing which was ultimately a losing cause The scare of the flow of communism throughout Southeast Asia was the prenuptial cause for Americas involvement in the war The United States believed that if it allowed Vietnam to come under communist control it would spread like wildfire throughout the entire Southeastern section of the continent Young 25 Near the beginning of the conflict the United States sided
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