- Dec 2012
Weren't the VC a spent force by the mid 70s? Most of the Communist offensives being carried out in the later years were carried out by NVA/Regular troops. It's ironic, imo, that just as the the US is pulling out of the war, the the war is turning into an increasingly conventional conflict, something the US handles very well.They'd never cease. Have they ceased between PRC and ROC? Ceased between DPRK and ROK?
If RVN could have held it together, there would likely have been a ceasefire agreement with PRVN. The DMZ would have remained hostile, the RVN vietcong insurgency would not have ended, but PAVN would likely have stopped directly invading RVN, which would have been enough to eventually stabilize the country.
But for how long? Depending on what happens in this alternate timeline, North Vietnam may lose funding and support from countries like the USSR and China. If the USSR still collapses in 1991 then I think that's a huge loss for the North. And I'm hazy as to the details of the Sino-Vietnamese war, but maybe that's another way that N. Vietnal loses an ally.I don't mean to suggest that there would have been a never ending conflict. But the conflict would not have ended, there would still be hostilities, military and political.
How well could the North carry out hostilities on their own?
And might they soften at some point as they have historically? Seeing that maybe it's better for everyone involved to "get along?"