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Why the USA should have not have been involved in Vietnam

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´╗┐Describe why the USA should not have not been involved in Vietnam. The first reason that the USA got involved in Vietnam was to help the French who were re-occupying Indo-China. At first they were supplying the French with financial help and advisers, but soon after its own forces got sent in. The French got defeated but the US army remained in South Vietnam. They were trying to defeat the Vietcong and believed that their excellent government and an efficient, large-scale war would do that. ...read more.

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and then the whole of South-Asia would be a bloc corrupted by communism. They should not have gotten involved because they had no proof. Furthermore, it was predominantly a civil war, and would have been over more quickly with much less bloodshed had the USA not interfered.Many non-communists in Vietnam opposed the Southern government, because it was so corrupt and so oppressive. They chose Ho Chi Minh as their leader not because he had forced them to (like many other communists do) ...read more.

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Vietnam was communist, and that's all that mattered. Thousands of men believed they were fighting to protect their country. Eventually however, they realised that the entire concept of the war was flawed.The Vietnam War was a media war. Many television, radio and newspaper reporters sent back to America and Europe reports and pictures of the fighting. There were anti-war protests all over the country. American troops started treating Vietnamese civilians roughly, believing, often rightly, that they were helping the Vietcong. At My Lai in March 1968 about 400 civilians were killed.The army tried to cover the massacre up but one soldier reported it. Photographs were found. The news of the massacre deeply shocked American public opinion. ...read more.

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