Asked in Vietnam War
Why did the US help Vietnam in Vietnam war?
June 04, 2007 8:13AM
Although a multifaceted question, the simple answer is the
easiest. When countries like (United Soviet Socialists Republic)
USSR - now Russia, and China adopted the system of government known
as Communism, other countries like North Vietnam and North Korea
also adopted this system of government (willingly or otherwise).
South Vietnam, on the other hand was an ally of the United States,
partly because of Military interests (military bases) located in
Vietnam. Communism had many conflicts with the American form of
government (known as democracy). Overall, there was an "initiative"
(conquest would be such a strong word here) to try and unify all of
the Asian continent to adopt Communism as the leading form of
government in all countries (including South Vietnam and South
Korea). In the 1950's, the United States and other Allies defeated
Japan on the East Asian front, and Germany plus Italy on the West
European Front (continental perspective here). Upon the surrender
of Japan at the conclusion of World War II, the United States
needed to establish a military presence in that geographical region
to enforce the terms of unconditional surrender. In so much,
military bases were established on mainland Asia (on part of the
US) in Korea and Vietnam. It is thought that the USSR's government
felt threatened by the US presence so close to their international
borders. In the process of advocating and spreading Communism and
its interests, North Korea and later North Vietnam invaded their
southern counterparts to A) take control of the democratic
government, and B) drive out the American presence (military bases
and the like).