We are North Vietnam! Communism is the best way to rule. South Vietnam should become communist like us or else!
No! We refuse! We want to be democratic, not communist!
South Vietnam was afraid that if the people were allowed to vote, they would choose communism and South Vietnam would be dissolved.
Because of this, they refused to allow the elections.
The north allowed the people to decide which they preferred, communist or Democratic.
Soon, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam. The south was quickly overrun and suprised but not defeated.
The U.S. decided to sent troops to protect the democratic south and were able to push the Vietnamese back North.
John. F Kennedy
While the US was in Vietnam fighting, there were many protests and rallies back in the US wanting US troops to come back home for fighting in a war that didn't involve the US.
Since this was the first time mass media was being used, many people could see what was going on, over in Vietnam
Eventually, the realized that fighting in this war was a bad idea. In 1973 the U.S. signed a cease-fire agreement with the north, leaving South Vietnam to fend for itself. Soon after, the South was defeated and all of Vietnam became communist.