Detrimental Effects of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War was, and continues to be, one of America's darkest moments, one that nearly tore the nation apart. In order to stop the spread of communism in Europe and Asia, the United States aided French imperialists and their reoccupation of Vietnam. At first, the U.S took a position of neutrality to both countries, but by early 1947, they began fighting in support of France. This war, lasting over 20 years, became the longest and most unpopular war in the 20th century. Overall, the Vietnam War was detrimental to the United States because it caused a massive debt from the 1960s to the 1990s, turned the American people against their government, and many troops were neglected and despised upon their return. According to Dictionary.com, Communism is a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party. In short, it is when one political party rules and controls everything. America defined all these governments as enemies, and took it upon themselves to try and stop it from spreading, much like a disease. In contrast, Dictionary.com defines Nationalism as devotion or loyalty to one's country; patriotism. Starting in 1949, a civil war between Nationalist and Communist Chinese broke out. This resulted in a Communist victory that brought a surprisingly effective government to power, that united China and regained its independence, although ruled by Communist parties. Since America defined all Communist governments as enemies, the relationship between the U.S and China quickly deteriorated, breaking their bonds and eliminating them as an ally for the future. America chose to act on this, intervening by placing U.S f... ... middle of paper ... ... rent, food, or cars. They don't deserve sh**. F*** them for what they did to me." As a victim of all the detriments mentioned- debt, homelessness, PTSD, substance abuse- he turned against his government as well. I don't think I will ever meet a man, alcoholic or not, as brave as Leprechaun. The United State's involvement in the Vietnam War is the most concealed and despised in the 20 century. Not only was it unnecessary, but it caused many problems that would have otherwise been nonexistent if we had stayed out of it. We see what it has done today; America is still paying back the debt it caused, people still distrust their government because of how they tried to hide it, and we see veterans that are homeless around every corner. Even I have seen first hand what the war did to people. A great man was ruined by a war; A war that nearly destroyed a country.
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