North Vietnamese were against the Americans during the war and had multiple reasons in hating Americans. Some reasons they hated Americans were because the North Vietnamese “deaths were very many” (Adams) and because of the “the poisons Americans dropped” (Adams) onto their land. By having so many deaths, the families of those people were sad and the North Vietnamese troops lessened. The poisons
Such an atrocity rattled the very core of the American people. This massacre took the whole world by surprise and drew massive media attention. This moved Henry Kissinger to attempt to organize another peace talk with the North Vietnamese but this too failed. The Vietnam War had produced many political, social and military disasters for America. Lyndon Johnson kept spending money on the war without adequate funds to pay for the expenses.
Veterans needed to write in order to give themselves closure of some sort. The veterans expressed how they felt and what happened in the war through the literature. They needed that outlet but the American public was not quite ready for it. Tim O’Brien states, “She’ll explain that as a rule she hates war stories, she can’t understand why people want to wallow in all the blood and gore.” Most literature written was uncensored, the Vietnam veterans didn’t hold back with what actually went on. But the American public wasn’t ready for that type of exposure.
Many of the veterans felt like they were being responsible for the war instead of the government. They also came back home with disorders and effects of war that went beyond what had been suffered by veterans in before wars. The veterans did not have an official welcome home celebration when they first arrived back to Australia. Their
American military personnel in Vietnam knew them as “VC”, “Victor Charlie”, “Charlie” or “Chuck”. The attitude of most American soldiers towards the Viet Cong was a combination of hatred, fear and begrudging admiration. The Viet Cong were cursed and condemned for not following the Western conventions of war, and for refusing to stand and fight in battle. Instead, they relied on surprise, ambush, snipers and booby-traps. They were subversive, crafty and evasive, hiding amongst civilians or in the jungles, moving only in the dead of night.
Smith was part of the medevac unit and with every injured or dead American life he saw his anger toward the Vietnamese increased. Smith realized while attending a Vietnam veterans group that all his hatred for the Vietnamese was from all the pain that he saw the young soldiers go through when they were hurt. Smith saw no reason for fighting and the American lives lost in the conflict were for nothing. People were killed and fought for this country to achieve nothing in the end. The Vietnam War affected millions of veterans and showed the United States that even though they had the most powerful and best military in the world they could still lose a war.
This book was all about Vietnam and to most people Vietnam is really known as the war that we shouldn’t of been in, in the first place in short terms The war shameful war. This war was not like any other wars when the Vietnam soldiers came home they weren’t not treated with respect they were shamed for even going and fighting for it. "My conscience told me to run, but some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came down to, stupidly, was a sense of shame." Chapter 4, pg.
“‘We have 30 Vietnams’, Robert Kennedy told a journalist. On the face of it he had reason to be confident,” (Harman 571). The United States had always succeeded in war thus far, with guerilla movements being defeated in Latin America and any reoccurrence of the Cuban Revolution being shut down. In the mid-1960s, the CIA pushed generals to destroy the most powerful Communist Party in the Third World in the Congo. America, as Harman describes, was seemingly invincible, until its involvement in the Vietnam War.
They needed the Americans, and they used an ingenious tactic to cause the Americans to join the war: the death of its own civilians. The civilians on the ship, warned by the Germans, refused to listen to a warning, causing their death on the Lusitania. The total number of Americans who died represented a very small portion of the United States’ total population. The American public over-exaggerated the sinking of the Lusitania and overreacted to the death of very few people compared to America as a whole. The British blockade kept all trades away from the Germans, including food (Ghost Liners 124).Yet, when the Germans retaliate, the Americans hate them for it.
I don’t know how the government allows these people to even live, they are causing damage and pain to soldier families and to gay people, the words are so hurtful and damaging that it can even lead someone to commit suicide or kill one of their members, which they’re putting themselves and their children in danger too. It’s funny how they say there’s no tolerance or love when they’re doing