The Purpose of the Vietnam War The Vietnam War was the longest and most expensive war in American History. The toll we paid wasn't just financial, it cost the people involved greatly, physically and mentally. This war caused great distress and sadness, as well as national confusion. Everyone had that one burning question being why? Why were we even there?
The Vietnam War changed Vietnam greatly. The war left Vietnam in shambles and the war was also a calamity. The war impacted the citizens in many ways. The conditions of the Vietnam War were very hazardous and threatening to many citizens of Vietnam during the time of the war. The conditions of the war intimidated and panicked by all the chaos and disaster that took place at the time.
The Vietnam War The Vietnam War was caused by many factors that contributed to the warfare in Vietnam during the years of 1959 to 1975. Most factors were the beliefs held by people who wanted to change or to prevent Vietnam becoming an Independent Country. Many people suffered due to these beliefs and policies and that the Vietnam War is now considered as one of the most distressing moments in the 20th Century. So why did the US become involved in the Vietnam War? What was Ho Chi Minh thinking when he was fighting for Nationalism?
The Cold War loomed, creating a red scare that dominated the United States culture. Communism had a large effect on the United States and many other countries. The Communism form of government expanded across much of Southeast Asia. This devastated America economy and generated a upset faithless nation. Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon all felt the need to end communism in South Vietnam to bring peace upon the nation.
The Vietnam War took two decades of twentieth century and it was the longest and the most difficult war in American history. Robert Buzzanco claims that Americans were not involved in the conflict from its beginning, because they were not interested in Vietnam at the end of World War II. It has changed when Americans became aware of European politics and western economic expansion which were connected with Indochina. Such as World War II was the major turning point in case of Vietnamese struggle for liberalism and social revolution, the Vietnam War had strong impact on America in the 1960s. (Buzzanco 1999) Spector states that Vietnam War was for Americans “manifestation of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies.” (Spector, par.
The media gave the war terrible press and soon the citizens began to believe everything and anything they heard or saw. Thanks to CBS and other news sources the Vietnam War was the most hated war in American history. The Vietnam War. The second longest war in US history. This war has a bad reputation because it was televised all around the United States by news stations like CBS and NBC.
There were many wars on Earth, but one of the deathliest was the Vietnam War. This war was a fight for honor, peace, and justice. It was a war that determined Vietnam’s future and economy. It was a type of war that left you speechless until the end. Families were broken.
As this war effected the American’s, it affected the Vietnamese people to. This war affected both the American’s and the Vietnamese, because in the year of 1973 the United States began withdrawing troops. This caused the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon to fall to the Northern Vietnamese forces. Just like how the war was long and bloody many characters from the novel The Things They Carried experienced many things that were relatable to people who in reality dealt with the war. The very brutality of war cause indelible psychological and emotional changes in most of its participants.
People were dying for no reason and the antiwar movement caused people in America to die as well. During the 1960s-1970s people such as Ehrhart had many rebellious views about the war. The anti-war movement was a war within its self because America was divided in half by civilians who were for and against the war, which caused a lot of violent events to emerge. The American-Vietnamese war proved to be a time of great conflict and disruption for the American people due to the violence of the war and the anti-war movement. Ehrhart’s involvement in the anti-war movement played a major role in other Americans lives because, as a spokesperson for the anti-war movement, Ehrhart mentioned how everyone didn’t agree with the antiwar protest.
This fear and anxiety took a toll on the soldiers pushing them into their breaking points. Although many soldiers were desensitized as a result of the war, many turned towards insanity, anger, and frustration. (“Psychological Effects of the Vietnam War”). Edward Wood, a Vietnam Veteran said, “fear changes, it changes from fear to anger very quickly…you were more afraid of being afraid than anything else…”. As a result of the war, soldiers were affected by the death with an increase of fear and anger (“The Whole World Was Watching”).