How come South Korea was able to survive while South Vietnam wasn't?

sparky

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Jan 2017
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the difference I can see is that the Korean was was a "classic" war
the US had a lot of officers in their prime with WW2 still fresh

Vietnam was a counterinsurgency and the US had generals who were basically incompetent to manage the situation
to make it worse , the US politicians and intelligence intervened much more , adding their pet theories
it turned into a shamble for the rather unmotivated ground troops made of draftees
the abundance of drugs and brothels did not conduct to good discipline either
 
Feb 2016
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ROK
You have to ask yourself of why there was no communist guerrilla movement in South Korea in the first place.
During the Korean War, there was a communist guerrilla movement in South Korea led by a North Korean general. They were called Nambugun (pronounced as namboogoon) or Bbalchisan. Many of them were North Korean soldiers who got trapped when the UN Forces counterattacked. Others were South Korean communists. The South Korean army had the responsibility of defeating them, which they did successfully. Part of the reason that South Korea managed to do this was that it was geographically harder for North Korea and China to supply the guerrillas. Korea is a peninsula. Some movies about the guerrilla were made in Korea such as this one: Nambugun - Wikipedia
 
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Feb 2016
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ROK
Most of the Koreans were just simple farmers who weren't aware of the politics of that time and got caught up in the war. Those who were communists were attracted by the promise of equality. According to some British veterans, many of the female communists were attracted by the promise for gender equality. None of the Korean communists would've followed the communist side had they known what the Kim regime would turn out to be. There's a rumour that Kim even had his top general Nam Il secretly killed long after the armistice because Nam Il ridiculed Kim's deifying scheme.
 
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sparky

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Jan 2017
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no easy sanctuary , no easy supplies
much less vegetation cover , this made hit and run actions less successful
 

Devdas

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Apr 2015
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Is that true the South Vietnam government was Christian dominated who were partial towards the Buddhist majority of the country.
 
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Edratman

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Is that true the South Vietnam government was Christian dominated who were partial towards the Buddhist majority of the country.
All of the South Vietnamese governments were dominated by people who were either christians, those whose families prospered under the French and/or educated by the French. The majority of the population were Buddhists who were often oppressed by the corrupt and ineffective S. Vietnamese government.
 

Futurist

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All of the South Vietnamese governments were dominated by people who were either christians, those whose families prospered under the French and/or educated by the French. The majority of the population were Buddhists who were often oppressed by the corrupt and ineffective S. Vietnamese government.
Was the North Vietnamese government particularly friendly towards Buddhists, though?