Tag: Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including over 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War, and more than half of the dead were Vietnamese civilians. Opposition to the war in the United States bitterly divided Americans, even after President Richard Nixon ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973. Communist forces ended the war by seizing control of South Vietnam in 1975, and the country was unified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the following year.
The Vietnam War and active U.S. involvement in the war began in 1954, though ongoing conflict in the region had stretched back several decades.
After Ho’s communist forces took power in the north, armed conflict between northern and southern armies continued until a decisive the northern Viet Minh’s decisive victory in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in May 1954. The French loss at the battle ended almost a century of French colonial rule in Indochina.
In the end, the Vietnam War has been one of the darkest past in American military history and for the Americans as a whole.
I wanted to leave this alone for awhile, but after I wrote yesterday’s post, dwelling as it did on the quarantining of 16,000,000 in Italy, it was announced that the ENTIRE COUNTRY of Italy was going into quarantine. Can you imagine?
For anyone making fun of people stocking up on toilet paper and other items, just look at Italy. They’ve gone from being able to move about freely, acquire necessities and such at will–no hoarding necessary!–and literally overnight, they are now confined to their homes except for emergencies and going to work.
With people still going to work, one doubts … continue reading...