Re: VietnamIt was as a result of the Americans (once again) sticking their noses into other people's business.
Re: VietnamThe Vietnam War had it's roots in previous conflicts in Indo China involving the Viet Minh, precursor to the Viet Cong and colonial power France. NOrth Vietnam had become communist and the US rationale for involvement was because it believed in the domino theory. That is, China had already become communist and the US believed that other nations would fall to communism and fall one by one like dominos. IT started with the US supply arms, military and intelligence support to the South Vietnam regime. The US became directly involved when the North started to encroach south with incursions by the Guerilla army of the Viet Cong followed by the NVA - NOrth Vietnamese Army. It was ostensibly a civil war. The US or it's allies never formally declared war on North Vietnam. Australia and New Zealand became involved as they are US allies under the ANZUS treaty. Despite years of death and misery, the North finally gained control of the whole country and the US withdrew in 1975.THere is a very good synopsis on Wikipedia.
Re: VietnamI remember this word on the news all the time when i was a small child. I had no idea what it meant but i knew it wasn't a good thing.