...It was never right to stop or enable spreading of any political systems in someone else country. Whether other countries chose communism it was their choice, and US has no say on it. - JC
Re: Hey JC, the US did have the right because the spread of a communist dictatorship to South Vietnam was not through democratic elections, but forceful invasion from the North. The North Vietnamese had NO right to invade the South. To answer the OPs question, the Vietnam war, while failing to protect South Vietnam, did stop the spread of communism in South Asia. So, IMO the vietnam war was a half-success
Chris · 3 years ago
I've never understood the resistance to the domino theory. We pulled out of southeast asia in 1975. After we did the nations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos all became communist.
Ironically the communists in Vietnam eventually overthrew the Cambodian communists in 1979. However Laos and Vietnam are still technically communist nations.
From what I know of it, 'communism' is an umbrella term for a variety of rebellions for a variety of reasons. Some communist insurgents were economic, some are nationalistic and anti-colonial, some are idealogical, some are anti-dictatorship. Pol Pot was idealogical, the Vietnamese were nationalistic, the Chinese and Russian were probably economic. That is my impression.