Every country is made up of 'good' and 'bad' guys. And every major battle as well.
There were 'good' guys and 'bad' guys on both sides.
Besides, it was not just America and North Vietnam...there was the U.S.S.R. and China...plus Cambodia and Laos and a ton of other countries - to varying extents - involved.
Wars are proof of just how pathetically unevolved humanity still is.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
I don't think this is a serious question.
Good... bad..... I'm the guy with the gun.
The original bad guys were the French. It was their attempt at colonizing Vietnam that tore the country apart to begin with. Most of the hotspots and messes in the third world still going on today have the footprints of European colonialism. The communist north Vietnamese regime certainly was not the good guys. The South Vietnamese regime was not perfect, however it was certainly the lesser of two evils. Despite the comments by some on this thread, the north Vietnamese were not allowing rank and file Vietnamese to choose which side they were one or the outcome. The Soviets propped up the communist north Vietnamese regime. The US attempted to prop up the South. Like it or not, despite the controversial manner in which LBJ entered us into the war...the Americans were to good guys. The soviets were propping up a brutal dictatorship. We were simply attempting to prevent the South Vietnamese people from being overcome by it.
The Selective Service were the good guys.
Hey, hey, LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?
While my draft card gently burns.
Ended up moot. I was one year too young. That was Awesome!
HELPING HILLARY PICK OUT HER INAUGURAL GOWN!The jokes write themselves!
No te comprendi Jose. How does a good commie end up in the gulag ?Doan was a good communist kid who ends up in a Gulag after America leaves
Sounds like American liberal revisionism. Very unlikely it was Americans bombing the villages but RVAF doing the bombings.He grew up in a small village constantly bombed by the French and then the Americans who also installed a puppet regime in the South...
It was the Saigon government that decided what was a "free fire zone" not the American military. That's why American soldiers in Vietnam said they had to fight a war with one arm tied behind their backs.
Any villages that were bombed were VC villages, the enemy of the RVN. If Doan Van Toi was a good commie bastard, it's very likely he lived in a commie village that was fighting against the RVN.
No puppet government was established by the Americans. But JFK tried and failed miserably. In 1961 Esienhower warned JFK not to get involved in South Vietnam because the Diem regime was to corrupt. JFK thinking he was smarter and brighter than his elders ignored the advice. It was JFK in 1963 who signed off on the CIA backed military coups that backed fired to remove the Diem regime from power. After that failed attempt, Vietnam became America's problem. Four American Presidents would try to establish a non corrupt popular government in the RVN and all failed.