Running head: The Positive Side
The Positive Side of the Vietnam War
The Positive Side of the Vietnam War
War is a tough gritty world that describes the destruction of people and countries in the name of nationalism; it is difficult to justify war and give a positive outcome when shown the disaster it causes. The Vietnam War was an extremely difficult war and is widely seen as a catastrophe by the world, even with that being the case there is still some positives that have been extracted from the situation. The Vietnam War is a heavily debated issue in America about its involvement in the war, there are many different perspectives to the situation. The positive effects that directly affected are worth discussing and being shown to light. War is an inevitable truth so long as humans exist, but in the aftermath it is our duty to try and salvage and create positives from it. The Cause of a War
The cause of the Vietnam War is a very murky event in history, there are many views on what started the war, but most believe it to be when North Vietnam attacked South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was a war over the control of Vietnam itself, one side the North wanted to unite Vietnam under communist rule according to Hickman (2011). South Vietnam was backed by the United States financially and with training, to try and combat the communist rule, as found by Hickman (2011). The United States involvement in the war came soon after the war started in 1959 when North Vietnam attacked the south, the U.S. wanted to contain the communist problem and stop it from spreading. “The communist containment policy, created at the start of the cold war, combined with elements of Wilsonianism, is the primary cause of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.”, stated by Belanger (1999), the United States did not want the communism to spread to anymore countries so they sought to help any country to fight back against it. In 1964 America begin to supply troops to help fight the North Viet Cong (North Vietnam) and began the long bloody war of Vietnam. The Vietnam War was a very tough war that involved a lot of deaths and this environment was a living hell to the soldiers fighting in it. Catholic Church Involvement
The Catholic Church played a role in the cause of the Vietnam War as posed by Jenkins (2013). The Catholic Church was part of the oppression against the Buddhists religion in Vietnam in an attempt to convert them to Christians, destroyed Buddhist temples and caused much unrest in the Buddhist public in the North. Jenkins (2013) says, “When Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolated himself in 1963, it was not a generic protest against dictatorship or human rights abuses but a specific call to end religious persecution.” This event was seen through out the world and planted a seed of hate inside the Buddhist of North Vietnam, armed with material to protest against the South Vietnamese people the North converted Buddhist to fight against them and convert them to communist. This event helped fuel the already unstable environment of Vietnam and put the fighting of the two sides into full swing. The Environment of War
The jungles in Vietnam and surrounding areas was very difficult terrain for the United States military to navigate and fight in, as for the Viet Cong they were very comfortable and able to ambush the soldiers at any given time. “I felt terrible, wondering how many men I had just killed.” Stated by Schueckler (1995), this was stated description of a night in where Shueckler a pilot was tasked to extract a ranger team that was pinned down, without having lights below it is near impossible to extract anyone. The area of Vietnam is less developed then other countries therefor there are no huge cities with electricity everywhere, there are far more jungles and wilderness surrounding them. Vietnam was very rough for the military, but they were able to adapt and fight back they were not completely. Operation Linebacker II
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Duc, N. (2005, March 17). Vietnamese american: The best outcome of vietnam war. Retrieved from http://www.vietamericanvets.com/Page-Diaspora-BestOutcomeofVNWar.htm
This is a good account to what happened to the Vietnamese people after the war had ended
Harder, R. O. (2013). The 11-Day War. Aviation History, 23(3), 35–41.
Jenkins, P. (2013). The Vietnamese diaspora. Christian Century, 130(2), 45.
This reference shows a great perspective of the Roman Catholic church and their hand in the Vietnam War, I can use this to show the tension that existed in Vietnam.
Vietnam Set the Stage for Drone Missions Today. (2013). American History, 48(1), 7–7.
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