American Imperialism and the Fall of Diem
It is true that Ngo Dinh Diem was murdered by his ex-general Duong Van Minh in a military coup, but why did the coup take place? The answer is not a simple one. Ngo Dinh Diem is a strong leader and much of his views are contradictory to the Americans. President John F. Kennedy and his administration wanted someone they can control, who can act on their behalf. During the Vietnam War era the American media and much of the literature in the U.S. accuses President Diem of being corrupted, this is not true at all.
One cannot deny that he was a nepotist, but he did not commit any illegal act as the leader of Vietnam as some would suggest. The reason President Ngo Dinh Diem gets murdered by Duong Van Minh is because of was will to oppose American imperialism. The Americans wanted him to do what they instructed him to do, something that Diem will not comply with. President Diem’s actions were in the interest of Vietnam and not the Americans. So for that reason, the American government looked for a man who was willing to do their dirty work for them. They wanted someone who hated Ngo Dinh Diem, who can’t understand the complexity of the situation and was easy to mold. The Americans discover these traits in ex-General Duong Van Minh. So on November 1, 1963, President Ngo Dinh Diem and his younger brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were kidnapped and executed the next day. Before Diem’s death, North Vietnam was kept in check, his assassination gave the Vietcong an opportunity to move in the army. After Diem died, it took three years of continuous failed governments before Nguyen Van Thieu finally emerged.
The Americans acted in their own interests and not in the interests of Vietnam. The killing of Diem caused tremendous turmoil for the people of South Vietnam. If Diem had lived, the course of the Vietnam War may have gone in a much different direction.