|From Ho Chi Minhs fictional Diary: |
5 March 1965
The Americans, having finally despaired of leaving the war to the Saigon regime, have now brought in their own combat forces and are promising to defend the right of the Vietnamese people to determine their own form of government. How ironic that a foreign imperialist would claim to offer self-determination through a military invasion. What we tell our southern comrades is simply this: We must rally together to rid our nation of these foreigners, bring you peace, law and order, the chance to cultivate your land again, to grow enough food, and never again to have any foreigners, French or Americans, nor any Vietnamese locusts in league with these foreigners to lay waste to our land, bully us, kill us, and corrupt our women.
It may be a long and hard battle, but we are sure to be victorious.
|America, determined under a succession of conservative and liberal presidents to prevent a communist takeover, found the anti-communists they had backed in South Vietnam hopelessly corrupt and inefficient. The U.S. increased its own combat forces from a battalion to a division, from one division to five, and from five to twenty. Meanwhile, the U.S. Air Force dropped more bombs on Vietnam, both North and South, than they had on the whole of Europe during WW II. The failure of this onslaught, despite the frightful human slaughter it inflicted, became increasingly evident to a growing number of Americans. The conviction that the United States was engaged in an unjust war inspired the largest anti-war movement in American history.|