Chapter 32 Study Guide

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In the immediate neighborhood the conflict affected Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand directly. All four nations had combat troops involved one way or another, and all five nations (including N. and S. Vietnam) saw at lest some combat on their soil . Hundreds of thousands of North Vietnamese troops were stationed in the supposedly "neutral" countries of Laos and Cambodia. The Communists had huge base camps and large stashes of weapons stored there to hide them from the Americans. They also had major supply routs and a distribution system set up in these nations (ever hear of the Ho Chi Mihn Trail?). That is why the US bombed suspected Communist bases in these countries.

In the rest of East Asia many other nations were involved to one extent or another providing troops and/or military bases that support one side or the other.

On the larger scale the Vietnam War was a battlefield between the USA and the USSR/PRC in the Cold War. All three of these nations provided major logistic support and troops (yes, there were Chinese and Russian troops deployed to N. Vietnam) to one side or the other during the war. Remember, without the direct material support of the Communist Block for North Vietnam it could no more have sustained its war against South Vietnam then the South Vietnamese government could have defended itself without the support of America.

Most people in the world during (and since) the war have taken a position on it one way or another even if they and/or their counties did not have a financial or military stake in the prosecution or outcome of the conflict. For the better part of two decades the conflict in Vietnam held the world's attention.