Vietnam War Influence

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Vietnam War is a historic event for my country. As war is a way to reform the government and to reconstruct policies, thus, the Vietnam War contributes greatly to the independence of Vietnam as of present. Many of us have different views about this event, but overall, we cannot negate the influences and consequences of the war toward Vietnam and the United States. Even though the facts from this war has been discussed widely through mass media and many historians have been studied and researched about it; however, this essay will contain a solely and individually the opinion of the interviewee.
After the Second World War, the Soviet Union (USSR) with its major role in the war emerged as a superpower with strong influence over Eastern Europe
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Kennedy, the president pledged more aid and provided military advisors to train the South Vietnam military. The fact that living in the South of Vietnam, a lot of aid from United States actually improved the Southern Vietnamese’s life throughout the civil war. During that time, food was a scarcity provision, the supporting of United States contributed largely for the needs of the Southern Vietnam. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Johnson took over the presidency and he did increasing the number of troops deployed to Vietnam. Tet Offensive was a turning point of Vietnam War due to the bloodshed and devastation wrought by the heavy fighting, along with the media had a strong influence on the mainstream perspective. It inflamed the growing dissatisfaction of the public with Johnson administration’s policy in Vietnam. Many of the American continued to question the United States whether it was pointless to destroy Vietnam in order to save it which leading to even more anti-war sentiments and protests across the country. Due to the Viet Cong’s Tet Offensive, he lost his approval rate which at that time Nixon came in. President Nixon promised to bring “peace with honor” and started to withdraw military troops, his Watergate scandal ended his term in office. Hence, Gerald R. Ford took place where he requested a peace treaty from the North Vietnam with the South, he also agreed upon large sums for evacuation for the South but not military aid; this is when …show more content…
As bloody as any other wars, Vietnam War took away more than thousand lives, in which many of them were civilians. A lot of people were wounded and hundreds of thousands of children were left orphans. The war ruined both North and South of Vietnam. Agent Orange is the major herbicides used, it has left a serious ecological and human impact on Vietnamese people’s lives. Many veterans were supposedly exposed to Agent Orange and as of today, there are still many children in Vietnam growing up with various diseases, disabilities affected by the harmful chemicals carried out in the war. In reality, when the North took over Saigon, Communists promptly began to operate reeducation programs which captured millions of people in South of Vietnam to the so-called re-education camps and new economic zones that forced them to do extremely harsh works. Their actions caused a lot of hatred between the North and South Vietnamese people, whose effects, to some extent, still last to date. Besides, millions of people who couldn’t stand the harsh political policies and treatment of the new government, tried hard to escape from South Vietnam and became refugees. Most of the Southern citizen fled to other countries and many of them, “boat people” die during the

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