Date registered: Sep 2004
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Cause and effect is difficult to argue. Somewhere in there, there is going to be well-recognized primary cause. As jolly pointed out, it was the United State's belief that it could split any country with a potential communist insurgency into North/South etc partitions that lead to an extremely flawed decision by the US in the case of Vietnam.
North/South etc partitions were actually a brilliant idea as they took advantage of the Communist State itself- if the Communists were willing to accept it, they would turn their own country into a concentration camp for us. What we failed to see was that Ho Chi Minh was a Christ-like figure in Vietnam, he had defeated the Japanese with little outside help, and he defeated the returning French. I think things went beyond Communism with the Vietnamese peasants, many of them ideologically ignorant, simply believed that if Ho wanted it, it was good. Our decision to deny him the leadership of Vietnam caused the Vietnam War, and in the end, caused all the rest of it.