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The Futility Of The Vietnam War

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Vietnam was a Futile War. Do you agree or disagree?

The Vietnam War began in 1957 and ended in 1975. Vietnam itself was a small country in South-east Asia and was divided into Communist-ruled North Vietnam and non-Communist South Vietnam. North Vietnam and a group of Communist South Vietnamese guerilla rebels (called the Viet Cong) fought to take over South Vietnam. The United States allied with the South Vietnamese to try to stop this from occurring, but failed miserably. I firmly agree that this was a futile war as nothing productive or beneficial has been caused by the war whatsoever.

The American troops themselves were trained in the desert misguidedly. They did not ...view middle of the document...

The American soldiers had also committed several atrocities to the Vietnamese people. For example, on March 1968, Americans entered a small village named My Lai, and massacred 300 people – mainly women and children. The Americans wrongly mistook these innocent civilians as members of the Viet Cong. After this brutal incident, the Americans did not gain support in any way (as was their intention) but looked like true enemies of the Vietnamese people.
The war didn’t aid anyone and senseless acts like these only aroused anger and hatred towards the Americans.

The Vietnam War caused several outrages in America and around the world, where numerous anti-war protest groups and movements emerged. Old and young people alike were against the thought of military drafting, as it sent young, healthy, and fit individuals to fight in an unknown territory against experienced enemies on their own lands. The most that they were doing was murdering the innocent lives of men, women, and children, such as in the village of My Lai. Which is the crime? Burning a draft card? Or Burning a Vietnamese? These anti-war demonstrations had shown that the war was useless, without any meaning, and had only shattered the lives of others.

The war in Vietnam was indeed futile by any means. The Americans were unprepared, and unaccustomed to the conditions in the country, making...

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