GUATEMALAN UPHEAVAL The people of Guatemala have been subject to many life changing events, especially in the last 100 years. In the wake of the Cold War, United States President Harry Truman authorized actions supported by dictators, Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the CIA to weaponize and train an army that invaded Guatemala in 1954 in conjunction with bombings and propaganda on radio stations. As contrition took its toll and the president of Guatemala eventually resigned. This lead to an eventual coup by the military, again backed by a U.S. President (John F. Kennedy), which prevented elections to continue. In 1966, a new president of Guatemala promised a democratic beginning.
Genocides are the worst possible thing that mankind can do. Yet many genocides are just swept under the rug and forgotten about.Thats why it is important to be educated on them so we can try to prevent Genocides from reoccurring. The Cambodian genocide was one of the worst ever. Over the span of four years between 1.7 to 2 million Cambodians were killed. It all started when a man named Khmer Rouge seized control of the Government in 1975.
The Vietnam War was a long battle fought between the Northern Vietnamese, with the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam with its ally, the United States, during the years of 1955 to 1975. The Viet Cong was a guerrilla force fighting for the North but were stationed across South Vietnam and could not be differentiated from any other Vietnamese citizens. The president of the United States at the beginning of U.S. involvement with the war was Lyndon B. Johnson, and ended with Richard Nixon in office. On Tet, a Vietnamese celebration of the lunar new year, in 1968, over 100 cities and towns were attacked in South Vietnam by the communist Northern Vietnamese. The attack was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War and was coordinated by
As a result of thes disunity, many nations, Britain included, saw the Americans as weak and unorganized people. The leaders of the colonies heard of their reputation as a nation and chose to change it; George Washington was elected president. One of the final straws leading to the collapse of the Articles was Shay’s Rebellion, which showed the public how going on with this form of government would only encourage rebellion. Under the Articles of
In "In the Shadow of the Banyan", Raami, a seven year old, a young princess of the house of Sisowath in 1970s Cambodia, that the Cambodia is in midst of a civil war. The new communist regime in Cambodia which is called “Organization” tries to dehumanize Raami and her people. In particular, the “Organization” taking away individuality and diminishing traditional culture such as Raami and her family. Her family and other families are itinerating multiple times in Cambodia. As the story progresses, Raami still barely to her humanity despite the "Organization" striping her and her family of everything they have that has come to identify them from their home, possessions, friends, family, education, and even their royal name.
Increasing opposition to the war was causing major division amongst the American people, and many feared that Vietnam could potentially see a victory. This war was by far one of the most unpopular wars to the American people that ended with the withdrawal of the United States, and the unification of Vietnam under Communist rule.
How did Lyndon B. Johnson make the Vietnam War his own? Lyndon B. Johnson made Vietnam War his own after the assassination of President of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963. At the time Johnson was Vice President to Kennedy but would later win a full term in the next election. During this time America had about 17,000 military adviser in the South Vietnam government. Johnson made it his war on Augusta 1964 when a North Vietnamese patrol fired on an American vessel which caused Johnson to proclaim that the United States was a victim of aggression.
The war of Vietnam was caused by men who didn’t really understand the impact their decisions would make. They were not strategic and they didn’t take any advice from the militaire that actually knew what they were doing. Kennedy didn’t trust the Eisenhower and JCS, and didn’t take advice from the Pentagon or the old guard. One of the men in command, Alain Enthoven, was very arrogant and hotheaded. In McMaster’s words, Enthoven, “held military experience in low regard and considered military men intellectually inferior.” This was a nightmare for the military.
While Johnson was President, he declared a National war that was based on poverty and also witnessed the Civil Rights bill become a law in 1965. Involvement with the war in Vietnam started to affect his presidency. Between all the wars, Lyndon increased the population in the American military from 16,300 to 500,000. Johnson was not planning on seeking another
To this very day, The Vietnam War has changed the ways how many civilians live their lives, especially my family. On December 19th, 1946, Ho Chi Minh created a group called, Viet Minh in order to regain control of Vietnam from the French. During the war, France had suffered from many things, although they had advanced artillery and financial aid with the U.S. France had lacked knowledge of Guerrilla Warfare, since they had never experienced fighting in a jungle. They had also had a problem identifying enemies, since most had dressed like citizens, or citizens newly recruited to part of Viet Minh. Eventually, France had fallen to Vietnam on August 1st, 1954 at Dien Bien Phu and is recognized to the French as a free country.
Thousands of Americans soldiers died in Vietnam. The war had cost so much that President Johnson was forced to cancel multiple programs including his social reform program. America had failed to contain communism and many people lost confidence in our country. It was nearly 20 years before America again tried to police the world. However, the domino affect was proved wrong because the loss of South Vietnam to communism did not immediately effect what happened in governments of other countries.
On April 30th, 1970 Nixon declared that he would be authorizing the invasion of Cambodia with the United States and South Vietnamese Armies. However, even before declaring this for the past year many air raids had been made over and in Cambodia (vietnamawbb.com). This caused the families of America to quickly lose their newly found hope in the president as he had decided to drag on the war, causing the families of soldiers more panic and delaying the soldiers arrival home. This not only put the lives of the soldiers in danger but the lives of the citizens of America who could have been attacked by the surprised Cambodians. Not only has Nixon broken the laws of the United States of America through the Watergate Scandal, Nixon also broke international laws, and would not be let off
The Khmer Rouge was a revolutionary group who wanted to reconstruct Cambodian society. On April 17, 1975 the Khmer Rouge attacked the capitol Phnom Penh. As soon as the Khmer Rouge got to the capitol they started to force the people to leave all their possessions and march to the rural part of Cambodia. “Hospital patients