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Yeah, the communists were so much more popular. That’s why the South fought so hard against them, losing 300,000 soldiers over twenty years. That’s why when the US withdrew in ’73, the country was peacefully reunified.
OH WAIT, the South Vietnamese fought on without US support for two more years.
>[According to Guenter Lewy, Viet Cong insurgents assassinated at least 37,000 civilians in South Vietnam and routinely employed terror on a daily basis. Ami Pedahzur has written that “the overall volume and lethality of Viet Cong terrorism rivals or exceeds all but a handful of terrorist campaigns waged over the last third of the twentieth century”. Notable Viet Cong atrocities include the massacre of over 3,000 unarmed civilians at Huế during the Tet Offensive and the incineration of hundreds of civilians at the Đắk Sơn massacre with flamethrowers. Up to 155,000 refugees fleeing the final North Vietnamese Spring Offensive were killed or abducted on the road to Tuy Hòa in 1975. According to Rummel, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops murdered between 106,000 and 227,000 civilians in South Vietnam. North Vietnam was also known for its inhumane and abusive treatment of American POWs, most notably in Hỏa Lò Prison (aka the Hanoi Hilton), where severe torture was employed to extract “confessions”.](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War#North_Vietnamese.2C_Viet_Cong.2C_and_Khmer_Rouge_war_crimes)
Those are not the actions of a movement that has the popular support of the people.