People who thought that sending men out unwilling would benefit the army force, I feel made a very poor judgement due to the lack of knowledge. I also think that the army would be better off if they just had people who enlisted because you do not know if someone is physically, emotionally, or mentally stable to go to war. Conscription was put into place due to heavy losses in the war, by demanding men to go to war after the fatal deaths of many, what makes this time
generals covered up the story and lied about the massacre of My Lai, because they knew that as soon as the media would find out about the massacre , there would be huge protests and uprisings against the Vietnam War Officials claimed at first, that Charlie Company achieved its aim and “had killed 128 Vietcong guerillas and that 22 civilians had died in this battle” (The Vietnam, p. 47) The My Lai massacre happened after the Tet-Offensive, so the military could not risk the publishing of the massacre to the U.S. citizens, because of all the protests that were happening anyways The story about the massacre must have spread, because more and more people found out about it and got involved in it until, one soldier, named Ron Ridenhour, who heard the story, wrote a letter “to the president Richard Nixon, the Pentagon, State Department and other high ranking government officials” ( ) The government as well as the military still tried to hide the scandal from the public and charged many officers discretely for
Throughout the song, “Oh, what 's going on, what 's going on”, in the home front, people were fighting for what was known as their civil rights at least people who were not from the Anglo ethnic group. On the other side of the world, the country was involved in a war that in reality they had no reason to be in. The Vietnam War was fought over the spread of communism from North to South Vietnam. “Brother, brother, brother. There 's far too many of you dying” Gaye’s himself is a Vietnam War veteran who was drafted along with his brother.
American society was not entirely in favor of American involvement in Vietnam. In fact, around the United States people held protests against the war. The peace sign became a prevalent symbol in the antiwar movement. In Full Metal Jacket, these protests are referenced on multiple occasions. Private Joker is a “combat correspondent”, so his job is to record the stories of American war heroes that will be used to help sell Americans on the war and to convince soldiers to continue fighting even though society did not support their choice.
In the Vietnam War, Agent Orange was one of the factors that led to the death of innocent people. The U.S. was arguing that Agent Orange is not a chemical or a biological weapon because it was considered as a herbicide and a defoliant. Americans put forward such a claim in order to justify themselves, and said that their main aim was to destroy plant crops to debar the enemy from cover and they didn’t mean to target human beings. (Schuck, 1987. p.19)
Since both of these countries had the same goal, which was to spread communism, their countries had many things in common. Many of these were negative things, they had widespread food shortages, individuals had no rights or values, and if they killed tons of people, it was viewed as a rational thing to do. What country could possibly just sit by and “applaud” for this country? Oh
According to Martin Luther King 's opinion over the Vietnam War it hurt both the poor and Vietnamese. As he has said “I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam”. The war claims to fight for the freedom of the Vietnamese but the government can’t even secure freedom for it’s poor and african american homes. Also the methods going about freeing Vietnam with violence won 't work as “...Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems”. Shown by the Kent State Shootings you can’t even protest Vietnam without being met with force.
The metaphor “…their light hearts turned to stone” highlights that the people of Vietnam were severely affected by the war. They used to be light hearted, relaxed and happy but this eventually changed as the war destroyed their family, lives and home. As a result, the importance of humanity during times of war is reaffirmed as it can be seen where innocent lives were destroyed due to political
Stein later issued a preliminary injunction to stop the tribunal 's process for discharging him over the comments, but he was immediately denied. Stein is one of the first victims of this that went public, however it happens more often than you would believe. This is a prime demonstration of how twisted and wrong the US Military has
The risen soldiers, just as most Americans would agree, find their achievement in fulfilling personal dreams and enjoying life. The dichotomy of this relationship is the main theme upon what Irwin Shaw builds Bury the Dead on. The final third of Shaw’s agitprop is devoted to diving into these lost ambitions of the dead soldiers. This is possibly the most disturbing portion of the play as the reader begins to realize the human nature of these corpses and the pressures that put them in the grave. It also shows the passive cruelty of the living towards the dead.
I know that the war was extremely tormenting for the soldiers, and when they came back, they weren’t greeted with praise for their efforts, that they were treated as criminal. The people of Australia didn’t know what the soldiers had gone through, the gore, seeing your friends die, the killing and any other dehumanizing acts they had done. It is because of this that the rate of PTSD and compared with other men of that generation, Vietnam Vets have higher rates of psychiatric disorders, heart disease, alcoholism and a higher suicide rate among their families. The war was so different from any others, because of style of it, Guerrilla warfare. The Australian troops had never fought this way before, they were used to on fronts where they could retreat when needed, but in Vietnam they had to be on full alert, even each step they had to be careful, for the Vietnamese had set traps.
Other soldiers decided to tell the true story of what went on in My Lai and the media was livid with how the military censored the information. Soon after, more reports about unreported deaths by the survivors of the My Lai massacre began to surface. As a result of these events, news reports became increasingly negative. Two years after the My Lai Massacre was revealed, the Pentagon Papers published by The New York Times showed that the government lied to the people about the entire war. The percentage of victories reported went from 62% before the Tet Offensive to 44% after, clearly a significant amount.
His assassination also caused a permanent distrust within the people of their own federal government; the federal government couldn’t even catch the right assassin that killed their beloved president, John F. Kennedy. It also changed our troops in Vietnam, Kennedy wanted a lot of troops over there for a strong military presence, and many people say if he would’ve lived we wouldn’t be where we are now with
Many songs were created during the Vietnam War, many were pro-war and many were anti-war. Most of the lyrics in this song make it obvious that this song is meant to protest the war, especially the lines that say "War, huh, yeah, What is it good for, Absolutely nothing". This song attempts to portray the war as completely negative by focusing on everything that is lost during, or because of the war.