Why Did The Us Fail To Save South Vietnam From Communism?

1235 words - 5 pages

The US failed to save the South from Communism due to many interconnected reasons. America did not have the ordinary Vietnamese on their side, and like the French and Japanese before, they were seen as 'foreign occupiers'. Furthermore, America faced much controversy over the war within its own borders, and therefore was fighting a war unpopular to its own people and the people which they tried to 'save'. Militarily the US failed to stop guerrilla warfare and committed many atrocities against the Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh (the leader of the North Vietnamese) on the other hand was a person supported by a lot of the Vietnamese (including many in the South), because he gave the people what they wanted, which were to rid the country of foreign occupiers once an for all, and to give the normal person land.The biggest plausible reason the US's failure to save communism, was because the people were not on their side. Day after day more and more Vietnamese joined the North, and America was gradually left on its own. This was because America supported the Diem regime in South Vietnam, a catholic repressive government system, and a puppet state to America. For example the Diem regime refused to allow other religious practice other than Catholism. It seemed very obvious why America failed to gain the support of the people when they were allies with the government of Diem. Nowadays in Iraq (though not as big of a war as in Vietnam), a similar situation has occurred where the majority of the Iraqi people are against American occupation, mainly because of cultural reasons such as, religion, race, lifestyle etc. America could and probably would have had a much better chance of winning the Vietnam War if they had the support of the populous.Since 1887 Vietnam was occupied by the French, the Japanese and finally the Americans. The Vietnamese people were tired of being ruled by people that did not share the same qualities as they did. For example their religion was significantly different from the US, America being predominately Christian and Vietnam being predominately Buddha. America was seen as an imperialist country, fighting only because they were much 'stronger'. A Vietnamese reporter named Lai Chou ling said that no matter how big America is, they will never be able to control the majority, for it is the majority that will eventually rid this country of its foreign occupiers. America couldn't have possibly saved the Vietnamese from communism simply because they didn't want to be saved, and much preferred living under the communist regime of the North. Furthermore another reason why they were seen as imperialists was because a lot of Vietnamese were forced to move away from their original home (home to where there parents, and grand parents were buried and so on). This further angered the Vietnamese because they did not have many options, only to abide by the rules of the country's new "leaders". The Vietnamese people simply couldn't care less if a...

Find Another Essay On Why did the US fail to save South Vietnam from Communism?

Why Did the US Intervene in the Vietnam War between 1946 and 1956?

1220 words - 5 pages After WWII, French colonialism was in motion once more in Vietnam, a country that had been previously colonized by France, followed by Japan after the former fell in 1940. The country's road to nationalism, socialism and eventually communism, was paved over decades of defiance and insurgency, in face of foreign imperialism and domestic corruption within the government. The reasons why the US intervened between 1954 and 1964 can only be

Why did Chinese Nationalism fail? Essay

925 words - 4 pages caused by European influnces. For thousands of years before Europeans were in Asia, China followed Confucism and the Emperor was said to have been granted the Mandate of Heaven from higher powers. Because of this, people did not want to disrupt the natural order of things, so did not challenge the Emperor at all. Before Europeans came to China, the Empire was very successful and the Emperor maintained control over all of China without problems

Why did many Americans oppose US involvement in the Vietnam War?

1213 words - 5 pages South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai (or Son My), a supposed Viet Cong stronghold and during the course of combat operations, almost 350 unarmed civilians, many of which were women and children, were shot to death, raped and tortured. Made known the next year, the incident shocked the public and raised questions as to why the US is involved, whether they are the enemy or liberator of Vietnam, and also the psychological state of the American troops

Why Did Australia Join The Vietnam War?

424 words - 2 pages as the US had helped Australia in WWII.After the Cold War, Menzies was very afraid of communism. He was afraid that the domino theory would come into effect and Australia would be invaded by communism. To combat this fear of communism he sent 30 Australians in the role of "advisors" in 1962. This was part of his strategy of "forward defense" where the best form of defending Australia from communism was stopping the communists in South Vietnam

Why did the provisional government [of Russia before Communism and Lenin gained control post-WW1 after the fall of the Tsar fail?

1227 words - 5 pages Why did the Provisional Government fail?One of the main reasons that Russia's provisional government failed and why the Bolsheviks were able to gain power is the First World War. The war was a disaster for Russia- people were already very discontent at the failure of the war and the shortages it caused- it was a major cause of the March revolution to overthrow the Tsar. The war was already going badly when the June-July Russian offensive was a

Why did the Revolution fail to topple the Tsar in 1905, but succeed in 1917?

1670 words - 7 pages Why did the Revolution fail to topple the Tsar in 1905, but succeed in 1917?The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. Its implications and influences went on to effect a huge area and last decades. True to the large impact that it had, it was a large event. It spanned years and included many various groups and individuals. When studying the Russian Revolution it is important to note that it came during

The Constitution. Why Did it Fail to uphold the Union that it created ?

744 words - 3 pages Buchanan was in support of the states' rights to leave the union if they did not feel they were properly represented. He stated in Document G, "The Southern States, standing of the basis of the Constitution, have a right to demand this act of justice from the States of the North." He also comments on the power of Congress to use force in keeping a state from succeeding, saying "... no such power has been delegated to Congress." Abraham Lincoln

Why did the USSR fail to keep control over Eastern Europe?

819 words - 3 pages citizens opened their eyes and realized that this wasn't want they wanted. What they wanted was reform.When it came to their economy, the Soviet Union had to crunch its numbers. The USSR spent around $40 billion a year propping up communist governments across the world in countries such as Cuba, Vietnam, Afghanistan and even countries in Eastern Europe. East Germany was almost completely dependent on the aid given by the Soviets. In addition to

Why the US lost in Vietnam

1497 words - 6 pages defeat." 1The US supported an unpopular and repressive government that even its own citizens did not support. American leaders were committed to the endless struggle against communism which made them reluctant to withdraw forces from Vietnam and admit that they failed. They went into South Vietnam and tried to build up a country that could never stand up on its own. Since the United States couldn't prop it up forever, South Vietnam was ultimately

Why did the North and South Separate?

668 words - 3 pages imported from Europe so they opposed the the higher taxes because it was causing them to have to spend more money that they already didn’t have. So pretty much whatever the North had and agreed on the South didn’t feel the same way. So economically they just weren’t at the same level. Another major debate that built even more tension was slavery, obviously. Beginning in 1780, the Northern states all did away with slavery. (Carnes & Garraty pg, 133

Why Was Communism Victorious in Vietnam?

1786 words - 8 pages under Communism. The Government of South Vietnam (GVN), as heirs to the French, inherited their colonialist mantle -- a disadvantage which Hanoi and the National Liberation Front (NLF) vigorously exploited. We suffered even more from the sharp contrast between the adversary we faced and the ally we supported -- a tightly-controlled, ideologically disciplined regime in Hanoi and revolutionary Viet Cong apparatus versus a weak traditionalist regime

Similar Essays

Why Did Communism Fail In So Many Countries?

1027 words - 5 pages was a determining factor of the downfall of communism. Under the system, business owners were to donate a majority of the goods to the government in return for basic and essential goods being given to them. (Pollick, 6) Most countries did not have the resources to support the needs of every last one of its people, eventually this system began to fail and a supply shortage would usually arise. The health care of most communist regimes was

Why Did The United States Withdraw From The Vietnam War?

1510 words - 6 pages Why did the United States Withdraw From the Vietnam War? The United States withdrew from the Vietnam War for several reasons. The Army had to fight in unfamiliar territory, was lacking in moral, were not prepared for the conditions, could not shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and were untrained to respond to guerilla warfare. This combination of disadvantages and the loss of public support led to the United States withdrawing from Vietnam. The

Why Did Reconstruction Fail? Essay

1266 words - 6 pages Reconstruction is known as the period after the Civil war. The whole country was separated in two, people didn’t know what to do, the south was completely destroyed, and there were a lot of decisions to be made by the president. It lasted four years, and there was over half a million casualties between the union (North) and the confederate states (South). The north was declared the winner of the war after General Lee surrender in the Appomattox

Why Did The Equal Rights Fail?

855 words - 4 pages Amendment fail? People concerned about the E.R.A. – whether they be for or against the very thought of the idea of prohibiting gender-related prejudice – all have their own opinion and views toward the reason why the E.R.A. failed. Some believe it was because of the favoring from others toward the amendment, others believe it failed because it was more gender specific when choosing to support it, but very few think that it was the persuasive