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Was Vietnam War to prevent North Vietnam from enforcing the 1954 Geneva Accords?

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  • Bo Archer
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    The US govt. did not start or enter the War to prevent DRV from enforcing the Geneva Accords. The US govt. did formally and officially state the US govt. would not undermine the Geneva Accords. However, this was a falsehood as the US govt. did work very hard and very successfully to undermined the said Accords. With the creation of the Diem authoritarian Regime and its replacement of the Emperor the civil war had its beginning. Upon the immediate violent assault upon the Left in the South by Diem/CIA, the DRV belatedly began to sent support to the South. The US govt. enter the fighting to support Diem. The US govt. and Diem wrecked the Geneva Accords. The DRV repeated stated they support the Geneva Accords even after the fighting commenced.

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  • BF69
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    What was North Vietnam (the DRV) going to 'enforce'?

    The ceasefire was underway and French forces moved south of the 17th parallel, which now had a demilitarized zone. The extent to which Viet Minh forces moved North is open to debate, but no one much cares about DRV breaches.

    There was no reinforcement or re-arming of French forces, and it is open to debate if the Republic of Vietnam was covered by the agreement. No one seriously imagines that the DRV didn't start re-arming, but no one much cares about DRV breaches.

    The International Commission for Supervision & Control (ICC) was set up, though the DRV made it clear it wasn't going to be bound by its rulings.

    French forces withdrew from Cambodia & Laos, and in all likelihood so did Viet Minh forces. The Conference also declared that its participants respect the territorial integrity of those nations. Of course, the DRV would invade both nations by 1960, but no one much cares about that.

    The Conference declared:
    so far as Viet-Nam is concerned. the settlement of political problems, effected on the basis of respect for the principles of independence, unity and territorial integrity, shall permit the Viet-Namese people to enjoy the fundamental freedoms, guaranteed by democratic institutions established as a result of free general elections by secret ballot.
    Which parts of this was the DRV expected to 'enforce'? We can safely throw out anything relating to 'freedom' or 'democracy', so what does that leave?

    The Conference also decreed that there be free movement of peoples & no reprisals. The DRV was in continuous and sometimes violent breach of these provisions from the signing of the Accords onward. People who wished to move South were stopped, often violently. Everyone remembers the million that fled, no one talks about the million who weren't able to. However, as stated, no one much cares about DRV breaches.

    So, what was the DRV supposed to ''enforce' again?

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  • RiderOfTime
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    Originally posted by hankwill View Post
    no.
    Why not?

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  • hankwill
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    no.

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  • Was Vietnam War to prevent North Vietnam from enforcing the 1954 Geneva Accords?

    Do you agree that the US enter Vietnam to prevent North Vietnam from enforcing the 1954 Geneva Accords, which was signed to unify Vietnam as one country?

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