1970’s to 2000’s – Has Life Changed in the United States?
It is important to learn from our history and draw the right conclusions from our past. As George Steiner once said, “Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.” (Web) However, while each historical era may mirror itself on the past, we can’t assume that what we are facing today is exactly the same as what we have faced previously. One of the biggest similarities between the 1970s and the 2000’s in the United States is that our troops are overseas fighting a war. In the early 1970’s, the U.S. was at war in Vietnam and today we are at war in Afghanistan. Some people will say that these wars were both battles that the U.S. should not be involved in while others will look at the opposite side and say that we are there for good reasons. While there are similarities for each war, there are also differences, both sides of which should be examined.
To begin with, let’s look at the reasons for why the U.S. became involved in these wars. The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia over a span of twenty (20) years to eliminate the communist government of South Vietnam. The U.S., as part of its commitment to the containment of communism during the Cold War, allied with South Vietnam to prevent a communist takeover of their republic. The War in Afghanistan has currently been ongoing for 11 years and began primarily because of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The goal of the Afghanistan invasion was to dismantle the al-Qaeda terrorist organization and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base. The U.S. also stated that the war would bring about the end of the Taliban regime and create a democratic state in Afghanistan.
Let’s start by looking at some of the...
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Steiner, George. In Bluebeard’s Castle. In Bluebeard’s Castle, 1971. Web. 31 May 2012
Vietnam War Casualties VietnamGear.com. Web. 31 May 2012.
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