Ho Chi Minh, the Villain of Vietnam
One of the most “prominent” figures in Vietnamese history has to be Ho Chi Minh. He is the man who established the Viet Minh group, and later on the Viet Cong. His reason for creating the Viet Minh was to expel the French colonists from Vietnam, ending their 80 years of occupation. This seems to be a noble cause and in many ways, it is. However when one looks at the choices Ho makes in his personal and political life, the evidence paints a different picture. After all, Ho Chi Minh is the man that brought Communism to Vietnam and under his leadership, millions of Vietnamese lives were lost. When Ho rises to become the President of North Vietnam, he draws up arms against the democratic South Vietnam and ultimately drags the country into a civil war that lasts for over 20 years. The ideology that Ho Chi Minh and his Party inflicts upon Vietnam will prove to be severely detrimental to the country, even to this day. Presently, the Communist Party is still in power, suppressing and cracking down on anyone who doesn’t share the same ideas as the Party itself. Democratic activists are jailed, religious groups are targetted, and the Communist government is hopelessly corrupted. The subject of Ho Chi Minh is controversial and extremely complicated, but when one looks at the direction that he leads the country in during his rule, and the disastrous results of the Communist takeover, it is obvious that Ho Chi Minh has done far more harm than good for Vietnam.