Class Notes

Ho Chi Mihn has a more complicated history than most know.  He was in France and became a supporter of President Wilson after WWI.  He particularly liked Wilson’s self-determination, or the concept that all people should govern themselves.  He later fought alongside the US in World War II against the Japanese.  He became disillusioned with the US after the war when we sided with French Colonization over Vietnamese self-determination.  He grew even further away from the US when we canceled the national election and set up a puppet government under Ngo Diem.  I am not saying we should sympathize with Mihn, but remember how many times the US has influenced other people’s elections and freedoms.

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