Anti War Movement

40th Anniversary Of Paris Peace Accords Ending US Involvement In The Vietnam War

Forty years ago today, the US involvement in the Vietnam War, which had led to the deaths of 58,000 American soldiers since 1961, came to an end with the Paris Peace Accords between the United States, North Vietnam, the Vietcong, and South Vietnam.

Originally hailed as a great moment, it turned out to be a fallacy, as two years later, North Vietnam attacked South Vietnam, and conquered it within the month of April 1975, leading to massive escapes by those who did not wish to live under Communism, with those fleeing being known as the “boat people”.

The Vietnam War had divided America as nothing since the Civil War, with the anti war movement flourishing in America, and major social upheaval occurring, including splits in families over the war, and the destruction of the Democratic coalition that had won overwhelmingly under Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and the growing distrust of government under both Johnson and Richard Nixon.

It is ironic that a major critic of the war, who fought in it, and testified against continued US involvement, John Kerry, soon will be our Secretary of State under a President who was 12 years old when the Paris Peace Accords were signed.

Vietnam veterans have never been treated properly and with full respect, since the war ended four decades ago, but the Obama Administration has done a great deal to try to make the aging of the veterans of that war more easily adjustable, as these survivors, man of them physically or psychologically disabled, live on as testimony to the folly of the war strategy of the US government.