To many, the war in Vietnam was a senseless war. As a result, anti-war protests launched all over America as a forum for those who were ready to see the end of the brutal exploitation. Prior to 1965, small Vietnam war protests were held by individuals searching for peace but quickly grew into a prominent part of the war as we remember it today. This paper will discuss the timeline of Vietnam war protests as well as the most prominent groups and individuals that promoted an end to the violence. The Vietnam War began in 1955 as a result of attempted containment of communism.
In a time of drastic change in America, adding such a controversial war to the mix of social issues seemed to many like an inappropriate decision. The Vietnam War, which lasted twenty years, from 1955 and 1975, was the battle for liberation of South Vietnam from North Vietnam. The communist North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, was backed by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and communist China in an attempt to overtake the South Vietnamese who were led by the Catholic minority, Ngo Dinh Diem. Before 1960, his corrupt and brutal ways were beginning to wear on his people. By 1963, the United States has decided that Diem must go and authorizes and assassination (Osman, 2 October).
Lyndon Johnson faced harsh chants concerning his policies and the war, and the American people became increasingly less optimistic, as the pace of the war was controlled by the North Vietnamese. This war involved 525,000 troops, billions of dollars, resources, soldiers injured, dead, and missing, and extensive bombing; all without progress.
He was the first president of the United States to really engage in the war. Lastly, President Richard M. Nixon was very important. He started Vietnamization in 1969, which was the act of slowly pulling U.S. troops out of Vietnam, leaving South Vietnam to fight on their
The men were bombarded with hate. Lots suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. The American soldiers that served in the Vietnam War also had major readjustment problems. This changed the way people viewed the government, media, and Constitutional
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.
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.
War is the medicine for a bad foreign policy and with the side effects of death and mental illness. The united states joined the Vietnam due to the domino theory. The Unites States was trying to contain communism from spreading. The Vietnam war was one of the wars the United States joined that failed to stop the spread of communism. The Vietnam war brought a lot of deaths of American soldiers.
In conclusion, The U.S. did not lose the war. The Vietnam War was a war we could not win and could not afford to lose. The fall of Saigon happened April 30, 1975, two years after the American military left Vietnam. The last American troops departed in their entirety March 29, 1973. A war when no man wins and every man looses.
It was a very emotion driven war, because the US were only fighting to preserve democracy.The US government wanted to prove to the Soviet Union that democracy wasn’t a dying government. The casualty toll was massive. Soldiers struggled to tell civilians and enemies apart, leading to such a high amount of deaths. 58,000 Americans died during the war, and even more civilian casualties. As the war continued, it took a physical and psychological toll on the soldiers involved.
Dissatisfied with the bloody stalemate, North Vietnam launched a massive invasion of the south in the spring of 1972. Although initially successful, North Vietnamese forces were turned back by a massive application of American airpower. Nixon proclaimed Vietnamization a success. Meanwhile, Henry Kissinger had been conducting secret peace negotiations with communist representatives in Paris. By October 1972, they had forged a tentative peace agreement.