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The French made Indochina into a colony in 1888. Although there were many different opposition movements, the French held strong until about 1941. It was in this year that the Viet Minh common front was founded. From 1944-45 northern Vietnam was hit with famine. The Viet Minh saw this opportunity, and urged the people to fight for food, and refuse to pay taxes. As a direct result of this, between 75 and 100 warehouses were raided. Following World War 2 the French decided that they wanted Indochina back. They did not have enough power though at the time, so they decided to look for help from other countries, such as Britain. Their attempt at retaking Vietnam was an utter failure, and the French retreated from Vietnam following their defeat at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
Ngo Dinh Diem was the Premier of South Vietnam beginning in 1954. He was an anti communist, and had his own very strong beliefs. He knew that following American advice, and doing it the “American way” was not going to solve Vietnams problems. He instituted a death policy for any communists. During this period, there …