Vietnam War Comparison

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I have prepared this report as you requested based on our earlier conversation regarding my proposal to write an article discussing the parallels between the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan War. Being an American draft dodger myself, I felt there were many parallels to discuss. Both these conflicts had troops hunting through rough terrain for an elusive enemy who attempted to hide among the general population or take sanctuary across the border in neighboring countries. For example The Viet Cong and regular North Vietnamese troops used Laos and Cambodia as sanctuaries, while The Taliban used the tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan as a refuge. Government corruption was widespread in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam war, as was also true of the government in Kabul. Another similarity I noticed was that public support for…show more content…
There are several differences to note between the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan War. The first major difference is that The United States had conscription during the Vietnam war, which fueled massive antiwar protests, some even leading to the death of protesters. This was not true for the Canadian troops heading to Afghanistan, Canada has an all-volunteer armed force. Yes, there were some protests against Canada’s involvement in the Afghan War, but these were much smaller and more infrequent than anti-Vietnam protests. Anti-Vietnam protests became escalated by the public 's discovery of several massacres of Vietnamese civilians, including women and children. American citizens became outraged when these massacres were covered up by the Military, politicians and the government. This issue caused the American Public to become distrustful of

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