South Korean forces were also accused of war crimes. 2. Guerrilla warfare, occurring between lightly armed partisans and a conventional army, is an example of asymmetrical warfare. The Causes of the Vietnam War. There was plenty of conventional warfare, not all of Viet Nam is jungle. [337] Vietnam veterans suffered from PTSD in unprecedented numbers, as many as 15.2% of Vietnam veterans, because the U.S. military had routinely provided heavy psychoactive drugs, including amphetamines, to American servicemen, which left them unable to process adequately their traumas at the time. All-female units were present throughout the entirety of the war, ranging from front-line combat troops to anti-aircraft, scout and reconnaissance units. The circumstances of the attacks were murky. [220] Czechoslovak instructors and trainers instructed the VPAF in China and helped them develop a modernised air force, with the Czech-built Aero Ae-45 and Aero L-29 Delfín alongside Zlín Z 26 aircraft utilised significantly for training, and regarded as preferential to Soviet-built Yakovlev Yak-3 as training aircraft. [95]:140 It provided for unification elections under the supervision of the United Nations, but was rejected by the Soviet delegation. [79]:349–51 He said, "I am convinced that U.S. troops with their energy, mobility, and firepower can successfully take the fight to the NLF (Viet Cong)". By 1967, these operations had generated large-scale internal refugees, numbering nearly 2.1 million in South Vietnam, with 125,000 people evacuated and rendered homeless during Operation Masher alone, which was the largest search and destroy operation in the war up to that point. $143 billion adjusted for inflation in 2015) during the Vietnam War. Defense Department officials believed that these body count figures need to be deflated by 30 percent. The CIA contacted generals planning to remove Diệm and told them that the United States would not oppose such a move nor punish the generals by cutting off aid. PAVN/VC leaders expected the ceasefire terms would favor their side, but Saigon, bolstered by a surge of U.S. aid received just before the ceasefire went into effect, began to roll back the Viet Cong. 8–9. Northern forces, their morale boosted by their recent victories, rolled on, taking Nha Trang, Cam Ranh and Da Lat.[35]:702–4. The war had begun to shift into the final, conventional warfare phase of Hanoi's three-stage protracted warfare model. A counter-offensive later that year as part of Operation Chenla II by the PAVN would recapture most of the border areas and decimate most of Lon Nol's forces. [226] East Germany had also provided a substantial amount of aid to help North Vietnam duplicate "Green Dragon" identity cards, which were created by Saigon in order to identify North Vietnamese combatants and were difficult to duplicate. FULRO fought against both the South Vietnamese and the Viet Cong, later proceeding to fight against the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam after the fall of South Vietnam. Conventional Warfare is officially dead. By ignoring ARVN units, the U.S. commitment became open-ended. Logistics would be upgraded until the North was in a position to launch a massive invasion of the South, projected for the 1975–1976 dry season. "[115], Others point to a failure of U.S. military doctrine. Đặng Thùy Trâm became renowned after her diary was published following her death. By 1975, they had fully transformed from the strategy of mobile light-infantry and using the people's war concept used against the United States. The Vietnam War (Vietnamese: Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America (Vietnamese: Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. He told James Reston of The New York Times immediately after his Vienna summit meeting with Khrushchev, "Now we have a problem making our power credible and Vietnam looks like the place. Additional common crimes included theft, arson, and the destruction of property not warranted by military necessity.[254]. 117–19. For my Vietnam War college course I had to do a book review for a book titled On War by Harry G. Summers. [20]: Australia and New Zealand, close allies of the United States and members of the SEATO and the ANZUS military cooperation treaty, sent ground troops to Vietnam. While its issues were not as severe as they were in the M14 or M16, the M60 still could fail to fire at crucial times - spent casings could get stuck inside of the chamber, meaning the barrel would have to be replaced before it could fire again. [94] In 1956, leaders in Hanoi admitted to "excesses" in implementing this program and restored a large amount of the land to the original owners.[35]:99–100. (The CACF is the basis for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, i.e. [360] A detailed demographic study calculated 791,000–1,141,000 war-related deaths during the war for all of Vietnam, for both military and civilians. Half of the ARVN troops involved were either captured or killed, half of the ARVN/US support helicopters were downed by anti-aircraft fire and the operation was considered a fiasco, demonstrating operational deficiencies still present within the ARVN. Franco was even more cautious in committing himself to the US cause and finally decided to send a medical team of around thirty people, and under strict secrecy. With the end of the Vietnam War, jungle warfare fell into disfavor among the major armies in the world, namely, ... Middle East and Central Asia saw the need to put an emphasis upon desert warfare and urban warfare training - in both the conventional and unconventional warfare models. Operation Rolling Thunder. [215] The Vostok program was a counterintelligence and espionage program. [224], There are numerous allegations by former U.S. prisoners of war that Cuban military personnel were present at North Vietnamese prison facilities during the war and that they participated in torture activities. [179]:128–9 The U.S. Air Force continued to heavily bomb Cambodia in support of the Cambodian government as part of Operation Freedom Deal. [131] The bombing campaign, which ultimately lasted three years, was intended to force North Vietnam to cease its support for the Viet Cong by threatening to destroy North Vietnamese air defenses and industrial infrastructure. [153]: The first few days were considered a success but the momentum had slowed after fierce resistance. [303], The Vietnam War was the first conflict where U.S. forces had secure voice communication equipment available at the tactical level. The campaign also focused on the Bình Xuyên organized crime group, which was allied with members of the communist party secret police and had some military elements. "[89]:546 The American public and media began to turn against Johnson as the three offensives contradicted claims of progress made by the Johnson administration and the military. [35]:517 On 27 October 1969, Nixon had ordered a squadron of 18 B-52s loaded with nuclear weapons to race to the border of Soviet airspace to convince the Soviet Union, in accord with the madman theory, that he was capable of anything to end the Vietnam War. [153]:317 Over 3 million people left Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the Indochina refugee crisis. America and Vietnam (1965-1973) America's involvement in Vietnam. [19]: Included in that aid were donations of 5 million tons of food to North Vietnam (equivalent to North Vietnamee food production in a single year), accounting for 10–15% of the North Vietnamese food supply by the 1970s. Most of the population lived in countryside villages and strongly supported the reforms. [13] It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Ambassador Lodge informed Kennedy that "the prospects now are for a shorter war". [63][A 5] Most of the funding for the French war effort was provided by the U.S.[64] After the French quit Indochina in 1954, the US assumed financial and military support for the South Vietnamese state. Officials expected a foreign intervention to fail, were concerned that they would be supporting a corrupt regime, and did not want to further stretch their country's small military (which was already deployed to Malaysia). "[115] The numbers for U.S. troops deployed to Vietnam during the same period were much lower: 2,000 in 1961, rising rapidly to 16,500 in 1964. You can help by adding to it. In April 1962, John Kenneth Galbraith warned Kennedy of the "danger we shall replace the French as a colonial force in the area and bleed as the French did. North Vietnam had also invaded Laos in the mid-1950s in support of insurgents, establishing the Ho Chi Minh Trail to supply and reinforce the Việt Cộng. Riots broke out at the 1968 Democratic National Convention during protests against the war. [246] Officially, Canada did not have state-sanctioned combat involvement in the Vietnam War, and diplomatically, it was "non-belligerent", though the sympathies of the state and many of its citizens were well-understood by both sides. [20]:76 President Dwight D. Eisenhower made American participation contingent on British support, but the British were opposed. [335][336], By the war's end, 58,220 American soldiers had been killed,[A 4] more than 150,000 had been wounded, and at least 21,000 had been permanently disabled. [139] With this recommendation, Westmoreland was advocating an aggressive departure from America's defensive posture and the sidelining of the South Vietnamese. Following the Geneva Accords, a large number of these men began to regroup in North Vietnam, while between 5,000 and 10,000 others were ordered to stay as a … Continue reading National Liberation Front: From Guerrilla Attacks to Conventional Warfare → Armoured Warfare in the Vietnam War: Green, Michael: 9781781593813: Books - [199] However, the rising oil prices meant that much of this could not be used, and the rushed nature of Vietnamization, intended to cover the US retreat, saw a lack of spare parts, ground-crew and maintenance personnel, rendering most of the equipment given inoperable. "[47] Approximately 830,000 Vietnam veterans suffered some degree of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drug use, racial tensions, and the growing incidence of fragging—attempting to kill unpopular officers and non-commissioned officers with grenades or other weapons—created severe problems for the U.S. military and impacted its capability of undertaking combat operations. [307] Despite speculation that the victorious North Vietnamese would, in President Nixon's words, "massacre the civilians there [South Vietnam] by the millions," there is a widespread consensus that no mass executions took place. [79]:353–4 The idea that the government of South Vietnam could manage its own affairs was shelved. Thieu was also accused of murdering Ky loyalists through contrived military accidents. President Dương Văn Minh, who had succeeded Huong two days earlier, surrendered to Colonel Bùi Tín. Meanwhile, the political situation in South Vietnam began to stabilise with the coming to power of prime minister Air Marshal Nguyễn Cao Kỳ and figurehead chief of state, General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, in mid-1965 at the head of a military junta. In January 1950, China and the Soviet Union recognized the Viet Minh's Democratic Republic of Vietnam, based in Hanoi, as the legitimate government of Vietnam. "[89]:326 Kennedy had not anticipated Diệm's murder. [60][61] The war, considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some,[62] lasted 19 years, with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, which ended with all three countries becoming communist in 1975. [66] Past this point, the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) (also known as the North Vietnamese Army or NVA) engaged in more conventional warfare with U.S and South Vietnamese forces. [146] The operation was the first large scale helicopter air assault by the U.S., and first to employ Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers in a tactical support role. [174]:272–4 An unconventional victory was sidelined in favor of a strategy built on conventional victory through conquest. Here, as in the earlier quote about war being boredom, O'Brien is skewering the conventional wisdom that war is hell. troops. [95]:140 The United States said, "With respect to the statement made by the representative of the State of Vietnam, the United States reiterates its traditional position that peoples are entitled to determine their own future and that it will not join in any arrangement which would hinder this". America and Vietnam (to 1965) John F Kennedy and Vietnam. They were used to defoliate large parts of the countryside to prevent the Viet Cong from being able to hide their weapons and encampments under the foliage. [89]:224 Three days later, he declared South Vietnam to be an independent state under the name Republic of Vietnam (ROV), with himself as president. [153]:1–10 The effects of U.S. bombing campaigns had mobilised the people throughout North Vietnam and mobilised international support for North Vietnam due to the perception of a super-power attempting to bomb a significantly smaller, agrarian society into submission. On 13 December 1974, North Vietnamese forces attacked Phước Long. The Foreign Minister for the Viet Cong and later the PRG was also a woman, Nguyễn Thị Bình. Terrorist tactics, such as hijackings and suicide bombings, are also considered to be asymmetrical, both because they tend to involve a smaller, weaker group attacking a stronger one and also because attacks on civilians are by definition one-way warfare. It began on 29 April, in an atmosphere of desperation, as hysterical crowds of Vietnamese vied for limited space. "[92]:575 An estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Vietnamese boat people died at sea, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Within South Vietnam, the departure of the US military and the global recession that followed the 1973 oil crisis hurt an economy that was partly dependent on U.S. financial support and troop presence. [273] According to Rummel, PAVN and Viet Cong troops killed 164,000 civilians in democide between 1954 and 1975 in South Vietnam, from a range of between 106,000 and 227,000 (50,000 of which were reportedly killed by shelling and mortar on ARVN forces during the retreat to Tuy Hoa). [320] After several failed attempts to negotiate by both sides, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea in 1978 and ousted the Khmer Rouge, who were being supported by China, in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War. [89]:238 Diệm staffed his government's key posts mostly with northern and central Catholics. The Pathet Lao overthrew the monarchy of Laos in December 1975, establishing the Lao People's Democratic Republic under the leadership of a member of the royal family, Souphanouvong. [294], Civil rights leaders protested the disproportionate casualties and the overrepresentation in hazardous duty and combat roles experienced by African American servicemen, prompting reforms that were implemented beginning in 1967–68. What does conventional warfare mean? Gulf of Tonkin 1964 . 32(1). Historicus - Military History, books, and teaching. It wasn't until the Tet offensive in 1968 that it got conventional. When Kennedy was informed, Maxwell Taylor remembered that he "rushed from the room with a look of shock and dismay on his face. [289] A number of women volunteered on the North Vietnamese side as embedded journalists, including author Lê Minh Khuê embedded with PAVN forces,[290] on the Ho Chi Minh trail as well as on combat fronts. [203]:10, Failure of the war is often placed at different institutions and levels. This figure includes battle deaths of Vietnamese soldiers in the Laotian and Cambodian Civil Wars, in which the PAVN was a major participant. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote in 1954: "I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs who did not agree that had elections been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly eighty percent of the population would have voted for the Communist Ho Chi Minh as their leader rather than Chief of State Bảo Đại. [20]: The war also influenced a generation of musicians and songwriters in Vietnam and the United States, both anti-war and pro/anti-communist. These programs were pivotal in detecting and defeating CIA and South Vietnamese commando teams sent into North Vietnam, as they were detected and captured. As the PAVN launched their attack, panic set in, and ARVN resistance withered. [265]:77 During their visit to the Con Son Prison in 1970, U.S. congressmen Augustus F. Hawkins and William R. Anderson witnessed detainees either confined in minute "tiger cages" or chained to their cells, and provided with poor-quality food. In theatres where nuclear weapons were present in numbers, such as Europe and Korea, conventional warfare was brought to a dead halt. Some wanted to show solidarity with the people of Vietnam, such as Norman Morrison emulating the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức. The jungle has a variety of effects on military operations. Upper figure initial estimate, later thought to be inflated by at least 30% (lower figure), The figures of 58,220 and 303,644 for U.S. deaths and wounded come from the Department of Defense Statistical Information Analysis Division (SIAD), Defense Manpower Data Center, as well as from a Department of Veterans fact sheet dated May 2010; the total is 153,303 WIA excluding 150,341 persons not requiring hospital care, Shortly after the assassination of Kennedy, when, On 8 March 1965 the first American combat troops, the, A study by Jacqueline Desbarats and Karl D. Jackson estimated that 65,000 South Vietnamese were executed for political reasons between 1975 and 1983, based on a survey of 615 Vietnamese refugees who claimed to have personally witnessed 47 executions. It has been the topic of extensive study by military strategists, and was an important part of the planning for both sides in many conflicts, including World War II and the Vietnam War. In 1967, all Viet Cong battalions were reequipped with arms of Soviet design such as the AK-47 assault rifle, carbines and the RPG-2 anti-tank weapon. 5, pp. [302], The AC-130 "Spectre" Gunship and the UH-1 "Huey" gunship were used frequently during the war. [153]:148–9, Prior to Tet, in November 1967, Westmoreland had spearheaded a public relations drive for the Johnson administration to bolster flagging public support. [200] Congress refused. [101]:73, In March 1956, southern communist leader Lê Duẩn presented a plan to revive the insurgency entitled "The Road to the South" to the other members of the Politburo in Hanoi; however, as both China and the Soviets opposed confrontation at this time, Lê Duẩn's plan was rejected. [241] Approximately 3,500 New Zealanders served in Vietnam, with 37 killed and 187 wounded. Civilians flooded the airport and the docks hoping for any mode of escape. One documented event was the Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất massacre where the 2nd Marine Brigade reportedly killed between 69 and 79 civilians on 12 February 1968 in Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất village, Điện Bàn District, Quảng Nam Province. The deposing of the monarch Norodom Sihanouk by the Cambodian National Assembly resulted in a PAVN invasion of the country at the request of the Khmer Rouge, escalating the Cambodian Civil War and resulting in a U.S.-ARVN counter-invasion. [84][35]:87–8 Under the terms of the Geneva Accords, civilians were allowed to move freely between the two provisional states for a 300-day period. The change in regime was "quite peaceful, a sort of Asiatic 'velvet revolution'"—although 30,000 former officials were sent to reeducation camps, often enduring harsh conditions for several years. On a per capita basis, the 2 million tons dropped on Laos make it the most heavily bombed country in history; The New York Times noted this was "nearly a ton for every person in Laos. [35]:718–20, On 30 April 1975, PAVN troops entered the city of Saigon and quickly overcame all resistance, capturing key buildings and installations. There is substantial evidence that the birth defects carry on for three generations or more. Johnson ordered the deployment of combat units for the first time and increased troop levels to 184,000. The National Security Agency ran a crash program to provide U.S. forces with a family of security equipment, codenamed NESTOR, fielding 17,000 units initially; eventually 30,000 units were produced. By the end of April, the ARVN had collapsed on all fronts except in the Mekong Delta. This war marked the second time that agent orange, an herbicide, was used. The theatrical release of To Live follows the same general plot as Yu Hua’s novel of the same name. Massive aerial bombardment against the Pathet Lao and PAVN forces were carried out by the US to prevent the collapse of the Royal central government, and to deny the use of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. [286], 8,040 Vietnamese women came to the United States as war brides between 1964 and 1975. New Zealand was, however, a reluctant participant. They had a 20 years headstart. [200] The fall of Phuoc Binh and the lack of an American response left the South Vietnamese elite demoralized. As resistance in Huế collapsed, PAVN rockets rained down on Da Nang and its airport. During the land reform, testimony from North Vietnamese witnesses suggested a ratio of one execution for every 160 village residents, which extrapolated resulted in an initial estimation of nearly 100,000 executions nationwide. I believe that this was due to the underground ‘labyrinth’ of tunnels and the vast usage of guerrilla warfare used by the Vietcong. The following month the United States and Great Britain recognized the French-backed State of Vietnam in Saigon, led by former Emperor Bảo Đại, as the legitimate Vietnamese government. Maximum troop levels peaked at 50,000 in 1968, however all were withdrawn by 1973. [89]:672–4 With U.S. bombings suspended, work on the Ho Chi Minh trail and other logistical structures could proceed unimpeded. [261] An estimated 26,000 to 41,000 civilian members of the PRG/Viet Cong termed "VC Infrastructure" were killed during the Phoenix Program, by US and South Vietnamese intelligence and security, with an unknown number being innocent civilians. [304] While many in the U.S. military believed that the Viet Cong and PAVN would not be able to exploit insecure communications, interrogation of captured communication intelligence units showed they could understand the jargon and codes used in real time and were often able to warn their side of impending U.S. Diệm, however, viewed the election as a test of authority. Building up on the success of ARVN units in Cambodia, and further testing the Vietnamization program, the ARVN were tasked to launch Operation Lam Son 719 in February 1971, the first major ground operation aimed directly at attacking the Ho Chi Minh trail by attacking the major crossroad of Tchepone. [164], At one point in 1968, Westmoreland considered the use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam in a contingency plan codenamed Fracture Jaw, which was abandoned when it became known to the White House. [89]:644–5 Nixon and Thieu had sought to use this event to show-case victory simply by capturing Tchepone, and it was spun off as an "operational success". After lengthy debate between his ministers, Franco took the advice of veteran General Agustín Muñoz Grandes. "[328] In addition, doubts surfaced about the ability of the military to train foreign forces. [330], Between 1953 and 1975, the United States was estimated to have spent $168 billion on the war (equivalent to $1.38 trillion in 2019). Once again, Hanoi was surprised by the speed of their success. Vietnam Democide : Estimates, Sources, and Calculations", "3 new names added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall", "Vietnam War U.S. Military Fatal Casualty Statistics: HOSTILE OR NON-HOSTILE DEATH INDICATOR. [262][263][264], Torture and ill-treatment were frequently applied by the South Vietnamese to POWs as well as civilian prisoners. The M14 was a powerful, accurate rifle, but it was heavy, hard-recoiling, and especially unwieldy in jungle fighting, as it was unsuited for the combat conditions, often suffering from feed failure. [256], U.S. forces established numerous free-fire zones as a tactic to prevent Viet Cong fighters from sheltering in South Vietnamese villages. [213][35]:364–71 From July 1965 to the end of 1974, fighting in Vietnam was observed by some 6,500 officers and generals, as well as more than 4,500 soldiers and sergeants of the Soviet Armed Forces. "[89]:23 President Ronald Reagan coined the term "Vietnam Syndrome" to describe the reluctance of the American public and politicians to support further military interventions abroad after Vietnam. [35]:26[80] In September 1950, the United States created a Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG) to screen French requests for aid, advise on strategy, and train Vietnamese soldiers. The Vietnam War and the following years saw the establishment of special operations forces in the other services of the Department of Defense, and today each service (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) has its own elite units that conduct or support unconventional warfare missions. Following the Tet Offensive and the decreasing support among the U.S. public for the war, U.S. forces began a period of morale collapse, disillusionment and disobedience. [269] The US Department of Defense estimates the VC/PAVN had conducted 36,000 murders and almost 58,000 kidnappings from 1967 to 1972, c. [20]: Many songwriters and musicians supported the anti-war movement, including Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl, Barbara Dane, The Critics Group, Phil Ochs, John Lennon, John Fogerty, Nina Simone, Neil Young, Tom Paxton, Jimmy Cliff and Arlo Guthrie. Only five high-ranking congressional officials were informed of Operation Menu. It was also the first major armed conflict that the United States lost. It is also called Chiến tranh Việt Nam (The Vietnam War). Starting in 1965, China sent anti-aircraft units and engineering battalions to North Vietnam to repair the damage caused by American bombing, man anti-aircraft batteries, rebuild roads and railroads, transport supplies, and perform other engineering works. By combining kinetic operations with subversive efforts, the aggressor intends to avoid attribution or retribution. Troops As They Deploy, Planned VC/PAVN Attack Against US Defensive Perimeter, VC/PAVN Ambushes or Encircles A Moving US Unit. [39]:275 Other estimates point to higher figures of 313,000 casualties. Hanoi wished to avoid the coming monsoon and prevent any redeployment of ARVN forces defending the capital. [326] US public polling in 1978 revealed that nearly 72% of Americans believed the war was "fundamentally wrong and immoral." Before he left for the South, Dũng was addressed by Lê Duẩn: "Never have we had military and political conditions so perfect or a strategic advantage as great as we have now."[201]. 4, p. 7. "[197] All US forces personnel were completely withdrawn by March 1973.[81]:260. [211], The Soviet Union supplied North Vietnam with medical supplies, arms, tanks, planes, helicopters, artillery, anti-aircraft missiles and other military equipment. [352] The most common deformation appears to be spina bifida. Nobody really knew. Guerrilla warfare, occurring between lightly armed partisans and a conventional army, is an example of asymmetrical warfare. In response to the Khmer Rouge taking over Phu Quoc on 17 April and Tho Chu on 4 May 1975 and the belief that they were responsible for the disappearance of 500 Vietnamese natives on Tho Chu, Vietnam launched a counterattack to take back these islands. Witnesses to this include Senator John McCain, the 2008 U.S. presidential candidate and a former Vietnam prisoner of war, according to his 1999 book Faith of My Fathers. Marine Corps general Victor H. Krulak heavily criticised Westmoreland's attrition strategy, calling it "wasteful of American lives… with small likelihood of a successful outcome. Forces was characterised by lowered morale, lack of motivation, and poor leadership. The American buildup transformed the South Vietnamese economy and had a profound effect on society. It was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war, and the U.S. raised the readiness level of Strategic Air Command (SAC) forces to DEFCON 2. [137]:58 Tellingly, South Vietnamese forces were again defeated in June 1965 at the Battle of Đồng Xoài. In a scathing attack, he suggested that Kissinger had tricked him into signing the Paris peace agreement two years earlier, promising military aid that failed to materialize. Previously, the VC had utilised hit-and-run guerrilla tactics. The modern classical composer George Crumb composed a string quartet, a threnody, regarding the war in 1970 titled Black Angels. This resulted in mass protests against discriminatory policies that gave privileges to the Catholic Church and its adherents over the Buddhist majority. He seemed concerned only with fending off coups and had become more paranoid after attempts in 1960 and 1962, which he partly attributed to U.S. encouragement. This may lead me to make some flawed arguments, but that doesn't seem to stop politicians, so here goes nothing. 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