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American-Vietnam War
Posted 5/27/07 , edited 12/25/08
do you exactly know anything about the war? what are your views on this war?

for the vietnamese
are you happy living where you are or would you rather live in vietnam?
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Posted 5/27/07
"Was it a good or a bad thing?" You're kidding, right? Say yes, please
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It had its pro's and cons. Honestly idk if iut was right or wrong. I do know that the draft was wrong though.
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Posted 5/27/07
Issues as complicated as the Vietnam war cannot be defined in such broad terms as "good thing" or "bad thing."
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Posted 5/27/07

thuyvan75 wrote:

do you exactly know anything about the war? what are your views on this war?
was it a good or bad thing? is any war a good thing?

for the vietnamese
are you happy living where you are or would you rather live in vietnam?


I'm happy in the section of the world called "The United States of America", and HELL NO!!! I'd not live in Vietnam...
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Well, the Vietnam war is pretty well commonly accepted as a black spot on Americas history and was really a bad thing. As to "is any war good," I'd have to say yes. While loss of civilian life is a terrible thing, the human race would get nowhere fast without warfare.
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i have to say idk the us tried to defeat communism but it didn't work instead tons of people died... so i don't know if it was good. i guess i am an idealist but i wished there wasn't such a thing as war, but it's gonna happen people are going to clash no matter how you try to prevent it. that's my 2 cents.
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becky124 wrote:

i guess i am an idealist but i wished there wasn't such a thing as war, but it's gonna happen people are going to clash no matter how you try to prevent it. that's my 2 cents.


Quite true. "War cannot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the other's advantage." - Niccolo Machiavelli
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ah good old machiavelli..i remember reading a bit of the prince.
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Posted 5/27/07

Knightwyvern wrote:

Well, the Vietnam war is pretty well commonly accepted as a black spot on Americas history and was really a bad thing. As to "is any war good," I'd have to say yes. While loss of civilian life is a terrible thing, the human race would get nowhere fast without warfare.


This is kind of what I was getting at.

Sure, it was poorly planned and poorly executed. After all, the US was trying to fight using a World War II mindframe, with massed armies marching out onto the field of battle, flying their colors proudly. That kind of warfare just doesn't work anymore. And yes, Saigon, the S. Vietnamese capital eventually fell to the N. Vietnamese army.

But the US entered the Vietnam conflict with two major objectives in mind: 1 - Train the S. Viet. military to fight; and 2 - Halt the spread of Communism in S.E. Asia. Both of these objectives were met BEFORE Saigon fell. In that sense, Vietnam was a nominal success.

The Vietnam conflict also sparked massive progress in the fields of aeronautics and especially medicine. Anyone injured in a car accident and almost lost a limb should say a silent prayer to the field medics and army surgeons for the first aid surgical techniques they pioneered. Not to mention the fact that many of the guerilla and small unit tactics developed to combat the Vietcong are still in use today and are currently saving US soldiers' lives by the droves in Iraq.
Posted 5/30/07
It's all bout south vietnam that's where i'm from. America helped the south to fight against the north because of communism. it's now different. F*** racist haters!
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It was a good thing because the fact that the USA took action against Vietnam is a symbol that the United States will fight for those that advocate democracy.
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That way, when you're living next to a communist nation, instead of saying "screw this, lets convert", you will know the United States will come to your aid if the commies invade.
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well, dued to wars many many innocent people / soldiers ,etc. died and well of course that wasn't good but wars ain't there for nothing and even if they are, who could have stopped it?
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Well I suppose keeping back the communist ideology, because it was a threat to the capitalist ideology, was ... well ... a reason to go to war, so they felt (there never is a good reason). However like Iraq, it was badly done, with no effective strategy customised to the terrain they were fighting in and who they were fighting. Which lead to countless soldiers, and civilians dead, war crimes, and American to retreat in shame. It was simply a power struggle to gain world dominance, by both parties (USA and Russia).

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We just spoke of the war in my American History class 2day. I began to quickly detest the U.S. government and U.S.S.R at that time. It seemed like their purpose was futile in their efforts. America did not succeed in the (vietenamese civil war) to even begin with. U.S. government involvement seemed to be another attempt to gain "spheres of influence". The presidents actions to enforce a draft for a war that did not have any purpose for was even more foolish.

First off aiding south vietnam with money was a somewhat of a good decision. But sending soldiers then killing off your allies in mistaken identity. Creating unecessary american loses that could have been avoid.

In my perspective the cold war is summarized as an act to prove who is the better super power...refering to (U.S. and U.S.S.R). The procalimed "domino theory" in south east asia was a minor threat. Even though it was a possible outcome. Gathering that sort of alliance would just be another Bluff by russia.

But as usual the United States is sticking its nose in foreign affairs that dont concern them. The only relevant cause they can say is "North vietnam shot my ship first, which allows me to bomb them". Containement of Communism clealry turned out to be another blunder for the U.S. (as the war in korea and vietnam displayed)
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