How Did The Vietnam War Affect People

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1. The Vietnam War was a very costly war. It not only affected those in battles, but it also left behind long term effects on people everywhere in the world. It was an extremely costly war with over 58,000 Americans dead and over 150,000 wounded in battle. North Vietnam was victorious over South Vietnam and allied forces. The Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975 marked the end of a bloody war. The Communists took full control in the whole Vietnam when Saigon fell. 2. The Vietnam War had dramatic effects on the people living in Vietnam, South Vietnam in particular. With North Vietnam the victor, South Vietnam was forced to submit to the communist rule of the North. The new government promptly sent people connected to the South Vietnam regime to concentration camps for "re-education", often for years at a time. Others were sent to so-called "new economic zones" to develop the undeveloped land. Furthermore, the victorious Communist government implemented land…show more content…
The American policy of containment was in tatters. It had failed militarily. The war had shown that even America's vast military strength could not stop the spread of Communism. The US had lost its first war in History. It had also failed politically. Not only did the USA fail to stop South Vietnam going Communist, but the heavy bombing of Vietnam's neighbours Laos and Cambodia actually helped the Communist forces in those countries to win support. By 1975 both Laos and Cambodia had Communist governments. Instead of slowing it down, American policies actually speeded up the domino effect in the region. It was also a propaganda disaster. The Americans had always presented their campaign against Communism as a moral crusade. But the My Lai Massacre and the herbicides used on the forests damaged America's reputation. The whole campaign was shown to be flawed. The Americans were propping up a government which did not have the support of its own

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