The Involvement of U.S .in the Vietnam War is Something to be Condemned The Vietnam War was a military combat 1959 to 1975. The war was between the North Vietnamese and the National Liberation Front (NLF) versus the United States and the South Vietnamese army. From 1946 until 1954, the Vietnamese fought for their independence from France during the First Indochina War. At the end of this war, the country separated into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was controlled by the Vietnamese Communists who was against France and wished for Vietnam to be under the Communist rule. The South was controlled by Vietnamese who had joined forces with the French. In 1965 the United States sent in their troops to help the South Vietnamese government from breaking up.
In 1967, the Vietnam conflict was a raging firestorm. The U.S. consigned more than 365,000 troops to Vietnam. Of these troops, 6,600 came home dead. However, despite the assistance and support of United States to South Vietnam, Vietnam was still controlled under Communist rule. Thus, in 1976 it officially became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Because of this clash, millions of both the North and South Vietnamese people were killed plus 1.5 to 2 million Lao and Cambodians who were also involved with the war.
In connection with this and bearing in mind the thousands of lives lost, I think that the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam was should be condemned. Thinking as a liberal realist, I think what that the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam War is both practically and morally wrong. Practically wrong, because looking back at history, the United States was not all confident about winning the war. They may have engaged in the wart with all the right reasons (fighting against Communism) but then, practically speaking, their resources would have been better served elsewhere in more imperative areas of the world.
... a bloodiest military campaign of the Vietnam War the North Communists launched against the South. The "general offensive and ... North and South Vietnam. Therefore, most NVA units in the Communist 5 th Military Region - closer to North Vietnam - probably used North Vietnamese ... . Department of State Bulletin 24 Aug. 1965. Wittman, Sandra M. "Chronology of the Vietnam War." Vietnam: Yesterday and Today ...
I think that Vietnam was not worth the loss of so much American lives. Furthermore, the participation of the U.S. in the Vietnam War is also morally wrong. I think that the U.S. engaged in the war with the intention to dominate the third world, mainly because of wrong reasons (e.g. economic reasons).
The United States, actually, was the true assailant, involving itself into a civil war, putting innocent peoples lives at risk and at the same time acting like an imperial tyrant.
Perhaps the only good thing that happened from the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam War is the how the Americans learned nationalism. How they acted as one with a single purpose of putting a stop to Vietnam War, is something the American people should be proud of. However, it would take something catastrophic as war to unify the American people. Again, let me state my position regarding the U.S. and the Vietnam War: I strongly express disapproval of the involvement of the U.S. in the Vietnam War.
I think the U.S. is fighting for a partial and half-hearted purpose instead of all out victory in Vietnam. Furthermore, I think the US was fighting a war against the wishes of the majority of the Vietnamese people. The war was between the North and South Korea, where does the U.S. fit in all these? Again, the issue of imperialist objective of the U.S. to conquer Vietnam comes into the picture. I think the Americans are still learning their lessons of Vietnam for twenty years.
The ghost of defeat, of a dirty war, is still present in mind when U.S. is involved. When U.S. send troops in other parts of the world, people worry about getting into another Vietnam War..