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A old research of the how a number of American spiritual teams replied to the Vietnam struggle, either in aid and in competition.

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An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War: A Matter of National Morality

A historic research of the how a number of American non secular teams spoke back to the Vietnam warfare, either in help and in competition.

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Vietnam was divided at the seventeenth parallel. The agreement established the Communist Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), under Ha Chi Minh, in the North, and the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), under Ngo Dinh Diem (Bao Dai's successor), in the South. S. policy of containment that guided the nation's thinking. 11 of Vietnam was intended to be transitional, with national elections to take place in 1956. Neither the United States nor South Vietnam signed the Geneva Accord; both pledged to keep its conditions.

S. foreign policy. As the United States took an increasing role in world affairs in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the understanding was that the nation acted on the basis of its moral character, not out of desire for power or dominance. This gave rise to the belief that the United States engaged in global politics, especially wars, for idealistic and altruistic purposes. That sense lay behind President McKinley's 62John Edwin Smylie, "National Ethos and the Church," Theology Today 20 (October, 1963): 315.

See Peter Boehmer, "Pacifism vs. R. P. R. P. Boehnier files, 1967-1967—Field Work, Inter-office memos. , Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History, rev. ed. : Orbis Press, 1995), 317-24. SOMichael B. D. dissertation, Yale University, 1975), 10-12. 31 groups such as the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) and FOR argued against nuclear arms on this basis (pacifist bodies such as the FOR believed all war was wrong, of course). Some journals, such as Commonweal (a lay Catholic journal with no official standing in the church), consistently favored not only test bans and controls on escalation of weapons, but actual steps toward disarmament.

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