Do you think that the US aggressively preventing Vietnam reunification justified?

Is it justified?

  • Yes

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • No

    Votes: 13 81.3%

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    16
Oct 2018
5
Vietnam
Have the US not created South Vietnam in 1955 and prevented the expected general election in 1956, the Vietnam War would have never happened. Do you think that it is better if 58000 Americans and 1 millions Vietnamese are still alive?
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
5,877
Portugal
Have the US not created South Vietnam in 1955 and prevented the expected general election in 1956, the Vietnam War would have never happened. Do you think that it is better if 58000 Americans and 1 millions Vietnamese are still alive?
This is not a history question. It should be in the speculative sub-forum.

Today we know that the Cold War ended, the Soviet Union felt, the USA got involved in the Vietnam war and lost it.

In 1954 during the Geneva Agreements nobody could expect that. So analysing the decisions made in 1954 with the information and the concepts that we have today it clearly lead us to errors of analysis. And it is a form of presentism.
 
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heylouis

Ad Honorem
Apr 2013
6,507
China
In 1954 during the Geneva Agreements nobody could expect that. So analysing the decisions made in 1954 with the information and the concepts that we have today it clearly lead us to errors of analysis. And it is a form of presentism.
difficult to say.
the US did not agree on anything of the Geneva conference.

to US, at least to a small group of them, invasion of viet nam was just an event waiting to happen.
 

Belgarion

Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
6,736
Australia
Best described as a good idea at the time. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that the 'domino theory' was rather flawed but the spread of communism was a real, if overrated, concern of the US and the West in general in the 50s and 60s.
 

Linschoten

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Aug 2010
16,209
Welsh Marches
It was actually a lot more complicated than that, sloganeering is no proper substitute for thought!
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
27,019
Italy, Lago Maggiore
It wasn't exactly "justified" it was necessary from an American perspective. The world was in that period called Cold War and the confrontation between the two superpowers was getting worse and worse. In US there was who said that the Free World was surrounded by Communist and Socialist countries. The US had to do something to stop, to contain, the diffusion of Communism. Only if an unified Vietnam would have been a Capitalist ally, Washington would have allowed the unification in that historical moment [and note that it wasn't so far from the end of the colonial domain on the region].
 

Rodger

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Jun 2014
6,171
US
Have the US not created South Vietnam in 1955 and prevented the expected general election in 1956, the Vietnam War would have never happened. Do you think that it is better if 58000 Americans and 1 millions Vietnamese are still alive?
Isn't your argument non-sequitur ? How many Vietnamese perished in the war from both sides?
 
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