The Vietnam War: Bellum Letale

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Chelsea Griswold
Mr. Scott
Modern World History
22 September 2010
The Vietnam War:
Bellum Letale
“A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.” Originally spoken by a German proverb, this mention is largely pertinent to relatively any war. After the Vietnam War, effect was spreading through the United States and Southeast Asia. Many were lost and wounded, as well as those who were afflicted by their loss. Those who witnessed firsthand and survived were even more greatly affected, and were deprived of ordinary life. This conflict was sorrowful for many and did not cease to cause affect years succeeding its “end”. The Vietnam War was fought mainly between the Republic of Vietnam (with the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea) and the combined forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and the National Liberian Front. In 1959, after the country was divided into two parts, North, under communist rule, and South, with a democratic government, communist leader Ho Chi Minh launched a campaign to unite the country under whole communist rule. After many years, eventually US troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam, and the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, ending US involvement in this war. Later, in 1975, North Vietnam invaded the South and took Griswold 2

over. The city of Saigon had fallen, and the country had reunited to form the “Socialist Republic of Vietnam”. The war was officially ended and Saigon City was renamed in honor of former president of North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. The “army of cripples” refers to the people who have survived the tragedies of the war in Vietnam, the soldiers. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson increased the number of American troops fighting with the South in Vietnam, denouncing those who spoke out against him, saying: "The American people will stand united until every soldier is brought home safely. They will...
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