Essay on The Vietnam War Was A Cold War Era Proxy War

1526 Words Oct 14th, 2015 7 Pages
The Vietnam War was a Cold War era proxy war that lasted almost 20 years between 1955 and 1975. Millions of people died as a result of the combat between Communist and Democratic ideals, and the countries backing these ideologies also had to treat the many physically and mentally wounded soldiers and civilians. This conflict had social, political, and economic ramifications, and caused substantial change in the American and Vietnamese societies. The Vietnam War changed the Southern Vietnamese people, the American soldiers who occupied Saigon transformed the city and its inhabitants, and then by the North Vietnamese, who resented everything they became during the conflict. Both the Vietnamese and the American economy were impacted by the war, and it continues to be impacted today. The American media and populace, who fuelled the anti-war movement, and dampened morale, contributed to America pulling out of the war.

The Vietnam War changed South Vietnam significantly as a result of the many American troops that took up residency in Saigon during the war. It became a hotbed for drug dens, brothels and bars. With all of the American soldiers posted there, it became a representation of all things debaucherous and hedonistic. This displeased the Northern Vietnamese considerably, because Saigon became everything that the Communists resented about the West. This is still prevalent in today’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) as it is far more affected by Western standards than the rest of…

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