Essay on Why the Vietnam War Should Not Have Happened

948 Words May 21st, 2013 4 Pages
The Vietnam War As seen in Hearts and Minds

The documentary film, Hearts and Minds, by Peter Davis; illustrates the brutal nature and different perspectives of the people involved in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War is considered as one of the longest and horrific wars in American history. American soldiers involved in the War have diverse reactions of their experiences and encounters during the war. The Vietnamese believed that, “Americans were evil and the Vietnamese simply were fighting merely defensively”. These factors will demonstrate how the film, Hearts and Minds, helped encourage reform during and after the War.

The Vietnam War is considered one of the longest and horrific wars in American history. The Vietnam War started
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American soldiers involved in the Vietnam War have diverse reactions of their experiences and encounters during the war. The United States government used propaganda and negative media sources to convince the general American public, which war was necessary. In the film, Hearts and Minds, many soldiers were interviewed about their occurrences during and after the war. At the beginning for the war, there is an illustration of troops singing gleefully as they’re departing to Vietnam. The Troops felt as though they were fighting to protect all Americans and the prevention the spread of Communism. After the fighting started, the soldiers had a tremendous time speaking about what they saw, what happened to their fellow patrons, and the other unsightly experiences war brings. Slowly as the film progressed, they begin to open up about their feelings on the war.
The soldiers spoke about, “ the blood shed on both sides and the unnecessary torture imposed on the enemies”. Many soldiers felt betrayed by the United States Government. The soldiers in the documentary started to question, why they were at this War? Veterans returning from the war, talked about how their lives will never be the same after the war. Many United States Veterans returned with limbs missing and having to wear prosthetic alternative, to somewhat feel normal again. Soldiers were talking about the

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