Why did Sweden Support the Vietcong? (Short Animated Documentary)

published on July 20, 2020

When most people think of the vietcong and their allies Sweden doesn't often make the list yet throughout the Vietnam War Sweden was a supporter of theirs and harshly critical of the United States which raises the question why why did Sweden site with the Vietcong so during

The Cold War Sweden aimed for a policy of non-aligned seen peace neutrality in war that is they weren't picking sides however throughout most of this period it was pretty clear that Sweden learned much more towards the NATO camp than

That of the Warsaw Pact yet there were many issues in which Sweden was consistent in his criticism of the USA in the West and one such issue was the Vietnam War the Vietnam War had two phases the first was when France the

Colonial overlord of this area called French Indochina Ford to quell a rebellion against its rule now at first the USA wasn't all too fussed about this since he had no desire to preserve old European empires but with Vietnam there

Was an issue because in peace talks it was divided into two states and North Vietnam was under the control of Communists and they wanted the South too and as such it was intervention time because domino theory dictated that all

Instances of a potential communist government must be stopped lest the entire world fall to it so in the mid-1960s Sweden pushed itself as an international mediator and spent three years trying to get the USA North

Vietnam to make peace this effort came to an abrupt stop in 1968 when American president lyndon b johnson told sweden to mind its own business the next year olaf palmer was elected a swedish prime minister in his attitude towards the

Vietnam war was much more hostile you should know that he was a firm critic of many foreign nations at this point so the USA wasn't being specifically targeted however he was extremely public with his critiques such as when in 1972

He compared the us bombing campaigns in vietnam to germany's use of concentration camps in world war ii and in response the united states promptly broke off diplomatic relations were sweden until the next year so sweden

Support for North Vietnam and the Vietcong was because Palmer and the rest of the Swedish governments or US intervention is ignoring the will of the people there thus making it an act of imperialism now Palmer wasn't a

Communist or anything it was mostly driven by a fierce anti-war ideology these criticisms ultimately changed nothing and so Palmer opted to give direct aid to the Vietcong now obviously this didn't include sending a bunch of

Swedish shoulders to Vietnam to fight the Americans or anything what Sweden did was Kurt as close to how as they could without drawing the wrath of NATO and the first thing that Parma did was to give asylum to American draft

Dodgers the second thing Sweden did was to send medical supplies to Vietnam along with doctors to Train Vietcong medics outside of the government many Swedes were fiercely Pro Vietcong and there was even an attempt by members of

The public to send money to North Vietnam to acquire weapons in the end Sweden support for the Vietcong was more focused on its opposition to America's war against it whilst the government did recognize North Vietnam as an

Independent country send it medical supplies and give asylum to American draft dodgers this was done from a position of pacifism Sweden supported the Vietcong against the United States because it would have supported anyone

In the same situation against any other great power which was a position that Sweden would hold many more times throughout the Cold War I hope you enjoyed this episode and thank you for watching with the special thanks to my

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