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Why did America come to be involved in the Vietnam war.

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Vietnam coursework Why did America come to be involved in the Vietnam war Vietnam is a country on the eastern coast of Asia. Before World War 2 Vietnam was part of the French empire. During World War 2 most of France was occupied so the French had two withdraw to fight Nazi Germany. At this time the Japanese took control of Vietnam for the natural resources it possessed as Japan had little of its own natural resources. At this time there was an anti Japanese resistance group led by a man called Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh was a man from Vietnam who was very well travelled who had lived in many different countries like France but most importantly in the USSR where he developed his pro communist views. ...read more.

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At this time the USA were sympathetic and saw it as a poor country trying to fight off a larger more powerful country. In 1949 who shares a border with North Vietnam turned communist this concerned the USA as it thought China would be on the communist side with Ho Chi Minh who would fight capitalism across the Asia this was called the domino theory the idea was that as one country fell to communism the neighbouring country would also fall like a row of dominoes. The Americans did not want this to happen so they had a policy of containment the idea of this was to stop the spread of communism this also tied in with the Truman Doctrine these factors lead to the USA giving money and military advisers to France to fight the communists. ...read more.

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Buddhists and the government was catholic this and the government being evil led to them joining the Viet Cong which were fighting against its own government. In 1964American war ships got attacked in North Vietnam waters by patrol boats. This lead to the Tonkin Gulf resolution this gave president Johnson the power to wage war on Vietnam when the resolution was signed only one politician was against the resolution. As a result of this the Vietnam conflict began in March 1965 when 3500 us marines landed at Da Nang these are all valid reasons why they went to war the reason I think is most important was the thinking behind the domino theory as the USA thought that the whole of Asia could fall quickly and more than half the worlds population could be communist. ...read more.

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