Reading Seymour Hersh 's article, there is a ditch in the village of My Lai. Crowded with dead bodies, dozens of women, old people and children by the American soldiers. Those people fighting in armed conflict. I feel like every war in the past and every war in the future is all the same, but if war resulted in peace now it would be better after hundreds years of death and wars. The crazy part of the war is that people went and made the same mistake over and over again. I can just imagine the pain and sadness people go threw. Reading this article made my eyes watery because I can imagine myself sending soldiers to kill and be killed. Also having your mother and your four siblings dead, you would never forget the pain. I would like to know
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A court-martial named William Calley is a platoon leader for the U.S. in Charlie Company. He led his men into a Vietnamese Massacre. But before doing so he completed basic training when he was 23. March of 1967 Officer Candidacy School accepted him and he went six months of junior officer training. After that was complete he got a promotion to be lieutenant.
During World War ll, only 27 % of POWs held in the Japanese Camps did not survive incarceration. Louie Zamperini,however, did, but it wasn't easy for him and the POWs at the camps. Louie Zamperini spent most of his time in World War ll as a POW, or Prisoner Of War in the Japanese camps. While being a prisoner he faced many challenges. American POWs that were held captive by the Japanese in the deadliest camps face dehumanization and isolation in many forms and once enough is enough they resist in order to get their dignity back.
In the book Unbroken During the war people lost so many things that they loved or cherished. The topic is about what people lost during the war in the book unbroken. In the book unbroken POWS lost family belongings and they lost their dignity. POWS lost their dignity during the war when they were captured and put into camps. One of the characters named Louie Zamperini was beaten everyday and picked on by guards.
It goes on around us everyday. We don’t even think about it half the time. War can be good a good thing; Soldiers fighting to keep us safe and from harm. But it can also be a not so good thing; people intentionally harming one another. As the definition of war states, “ a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state”(google).
War is not something that occurs in one’s life and goes away. It is something that leaves a permanent track on the people that undergo it, which can sometimes negatively alter the way someone acts. Louie Zamperini and Mutsuhiro Watanabe are examples of people who have been affected by the war, causing them to act differently them what they used to. In Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand displays the true stories of soldiers, showing that war is an extreme event that can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Louie Zamperini is one example of how the war unfavorably affected how he acted.
That 's why I think that war is unfair hard and futile. And those are the many reasons why war is all that type of stuff. Then the evidence that shows the clash of generations division of families and principle vs reality. And that 's how it affected families and generations and brutalities and freedom.
U.S. soldiers are trained to follow orders, which is exactly what they did as hundreds of villagers were indiscriminately killed in the My Lai Massacre. Even if the soldiers were acting under confusing orders, that is a failure of the chain of command, and even if the killings were orchestrated by a few incompetent officers, those officers never should have been placed in leadership roles. The real tragedy of My Lai represents an entire system of willful negligence and lack of accountability on the part of the military. Thus the responsibility for the massacre lies with the men involved, but also with the military chain of command that gave the order and then tried to cover it up.
In the Vietnam war the United States lost everything that made it a superior defender for freedom and justice. We lost money and the support of American and South Vietnam citizens, because of that we lost our confidence and power. Without having confidence and feeling powerless, it questions whether we are capable of handling our nation 's conflicts while supporting South VIetnam. During the war the United States lost around $350-900 billion total in the Vietnam war (www.the vietnam war.info, 2014).
Seeing close friends die is emotional, but also can be depressing. It can be something that affects a person after the war too. Not only is it depressing to see people die but also to kill a person. “I'll watch him walk toward being his shoulders slightly stooped his head cocked to the side and he'll pass within a few yards of man and suddenly smile at some secret thought and then continue up the trail” (How). Its also depressing for the soldiers to be away from their families.
Do you know how much people can lose in a war? Lots of things like homes, lives, friends, and other things of importance. Like the child in the poem, “In Response to Executive Order 9066” by Dwight Okita. This is about a girl whose whole life was changed severely due to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soldier are not the only ones that are affected by the wars that occur in the war.
Although hundreds of thousands of people die, nothing has been achieved. What was won was lost, or will be lost again. Nothing is permanent, and life is always changing, always evolving. The end of war doesn’t mean the end of one’s ideals. War likely fuels things even more, and leads to other conflicts, which would lead to war, and it would continue in a cycle forever.
Only those people were not just the enemy, they were sons, husbands, fathers, daughters, mothers, and above all, human. The deaths of people are becoming as meaningful as credits on a movie screen. “-people who die by gunfire are usually only extras, or deserve to die.” We pay attention for a fleeting second and then it is suddenly unimportant.
War is about principles. It can be used to end injustice, tyranny, or both. It can band people together to form a bond that is unbreakable, all fighting for the same cause. But that bond can have a high price. War kills soldiers, tearing them from family; it kills innocent people, just trying to survive.
The way we want to approach personal problems in front of others can have a great influence on our lives and actions. In “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien provides the nature of storytelling with the generalizations about war and the concept of truth. Through the act of storytelling, Daniel Gilbert’s “Immune to Reality,” reiterates how the psychological immune system acts as a barrier preventing us from experiencing unexpected and traumatic events. Both authors respectively combine the meaning behind a true war experience with the unconscious need to deny the painful experience in it to lessen the pain. Sometimes a story can transmit positivity to help find meaning in life during difficult times.
Literary analysis America’s war heroes all have the same stories to tell but different tales. Prescribed with the same coloring page to fill in, and use their methods and colors to bring the image to life. This is the writing style and tactic used by Tim O’Brien in his novel, “The Things They Carried”. Steven Kaplan’s short story criticism, The Undying Certainty of the Narrator in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, provides the audience with an understanding of O’Brien’s techniques used to share “true war” stories of the Vietnam War. Kaplan explains the multitude of stories shared in each of the individual characters, narration and concepts derived from their personal experiences while serving active combat duty during the Vietnam War,