The Vietnam War Natale Hejda

Before: The causes of the Vietnam War revolve around the simple belief held by America that communism was threatening to expand all over south-east Asia. During:The war decided the world. Every country thought they were right. Many people died because they believed in sacrifice. After:People were divided for a very long time. Everyone turned against each other while pointing fingers to show fault.
Main force Vietcong units were uniformed, full-time soldiers, and were used to launch large scale offensives over a wide area. Regional forces were also full-time, but operated only within their own districts. When necessary, small regional units would unite for large scale attacks. If enemy pressure became too great, they would break down into smaller units and scatter.
In America, protests were very common. American citizens did not believe in the draft.The majority of Americans believed that the conflict in Vietnam was a war that did not need to be fought. The protests were usually peaceful although some were physical. Protests were a way for Americans to have a voice, in a nonviolent way. Most protests were lead by the idea of ending war and drafting.

John Lennon was an extremely gifted and talented musician. His song "Give Peace a Chance" has a direct correlation with the Vietnam war. "Imagine", written 2 years later, is full of lyrics about humanity and peace with all.

"This historical amnesia is not accidental; if anything it demonstrates the insidious power of the dominant propaganda of the Vietnam war. The constant American government line was that the war was essentially a conflict of Vietnamese against Vietnamese, in which Americans became 'involved', mistakenly and honorably."-John Pilger
The Vietnam war spurred policy changes. Congress passed the War Powers Resolution over Nixon's veto in November 1973. The resolution limited the president's ability to send troops into combat without congressional consent. Its passage reflected legislators' desire to restrain presidential power and to prevent U.S. involvement in a war like that in Vietnam.
The draft was abolished in 1973, men of draft age (between 18-25 years) still have to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of the 18th birthday so a draft can be readily resumed if needed.
During the war, families were split apart for a huge chunk of time. Wives often became widows. A women was left to defend the family as men defended the country. Soldiers wanted to survive war for the reason to see their family again.

The video shows veterans reuniting after the war after they slipped back into society.According to a survey by the Veterans Administration, some 500,000 of the 3 million troops who served in Vietnam suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and rates of divorce, suicide, alcoholism and drug addiction were markedly higher among veterans.

Robert Henry Winborne Welch Jr. was an American businessman, political activist, and author. He was independently wealthy following his retirement and used that wealth to sponsor anti-Communist causes.

When the Vietnam War escalated and was wholeheartedly backed by the White House, President Johnson failed to realise the racial nightmare that American involvement in Vietnam would create. African-Americans were discriminated at home but also within the U.S. armed forces.

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