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Seeds of Conflict

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Seeds of Conflict
Here we see the origins of the term 'domino theory,' or what President Eisenhower termed 'the falling domino principle,' in which Communism was seen as a movement that would spread in a linear fashion from one region to the other. Witness news reports from the period that chart the development of the Vietnam conflict, starting with the American commitment to defend South Vietnam, and moving on to cover the escalating involvement of American troops and the heavy losses of life that ensued on both sides. These stories also focus on the end of the French empire and the withdrawal of the French legions, giving a wider perspective to this lengthy conflict. See how the scale of this war began to mount on all sides, and how a strategy of containment led the United States to commit so many resources over sixteen years of fighting.moreless
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