Essay about Vietnam, A Necessary War?

865 Words Nov 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Vietnam, a Necessary War? The Vietnam War is very controversial in the sense that people disagree over whether America should have entered or not. Two people who capture the feelings of both sides well are Michael Lind who wrote “A Necessary War” and Fredrik Logevall who wrote “An Avoidable Catastrophe”. Both of these works represent either side of the controversy of entering the war. Lind appeal to the audience through rebuttals and perspective of the time, while Logevall seems to just knock all of the points made to go to war and staying at war aside, offering little sympathy for President Lyndon Johnson, and other American leaders at the time. Both views have strong arguments for them, but which is more appealing? Michael Lind and his “A Necessary War” support the American entrance into the war. Lind offers a view of sympathy towards the leaders and their decisions at the time, arguing that they made the right decisions given the circumstances. Lind believes they had to step in otherwise the whole of Southeast Asia could be endangered in a 'domino effect '. “The security of Southeast Asia will be endangered if Laos loses its neutral independence”1, Lind references President Kennedy on the domino effect. This theory was proven somewhat true after the communist victory in South Vietnam in which a minor regional domino effect followed. Lind also uses rebuttals to counter-argue previously statements about the war being avoidable, such as in the first paragraph of page 310…

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