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Do sources B & C support the evidence of source A about the reasons for US involvement in South Vietnam?

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Do sources B & C support the evidence of source A about the reasons for US involvement in South Vietnam? Source A tells us that the reasons for the USA becoming involved in Vietnam were mainly because of the threat from communism which can be better explained through the Domino Theory. This was the idea that the countries of South East Asia were closely linked together and if one fell to communism the theory was that the others would also fall, like a row of dominoes. Source A says that Vietnam was important as a free country and its economy was essential that to of South East Asia. ...read more.

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Sources A and B support each other as source A is written by Kennedy, US Senator and source B by the State Department. They are both part of the USA government which possibly leads to bias. Both see the US involvement as a battle against the communists and tried to appeal to the US people to support this. Kennedy's ideas were very similar to that of the State Department. The Americans made it clear they would fight because they were a strong enemy of communism and that was their main reason. Both sources were written at about the same time. However source C doesn't support the evidence in source A. ...read more.

Conclusion

They were persuaded to volunteer by the saying 'ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country' and as war is always attractive to young men it was easy to get volunteers. Being a fighter in the war he took a much more down-to-earth view of the war, he felt their mission was not to save democracy but to kill as many Vietcong as possible. He tells us that the US officers were given body count targets of dead Vietcong. Sources A and B are both involved in the US government so they share the same views. C is by a fighter from the war, he sees what's happening in the war better than the US government and therefore has a different view. ...read more.

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