Televisions were considered to be anti-war influences because the media showed horrible things happening in Vietnam that cause the public to give less support. The media not only affected the nature of the war to the public but it also changes the minds of Americans on their own people. "Critics in the government, the military, and elsewhere claim that the media was dominated by the antiwar journalists who poisoned the American public against the war by delivering superficial and negative coverage of the conflict. (pg 177 Walter). This shows how Walter noticed that people attentions were grabbed by the over coverage the news released.
Even though, many men were drafted and did not have a choice about whether to serve their country or not, they were still treated with disrespect and unkindness when they came home. Vietnam vets began getting sick and dying after returning home. “Agent Orange” was discovered to be the possible cause of the illness and death; doubt grew toward the government and leaders once again. Echoes of what happened during the years of the Vietnam War still echo today, but maybe that is a good thing. The American people have learned to question the actions of its leaders and lend a voice to those who are in need.
Who is the Enemy? To say who or what the enemy was during the Vietnam War can only be decided by the person you are asking. During the war there were many people involved who each had very different beliefs. There was North Vietnam which was run by communism, and South Vietnam, who wanted freedom and their own government. Then there were the Viet Cong, insurgents who were aided by the North Vietnamese.
521 Australians had died in action and 2400 veterans had been wounded. Veterans suffered horrific injuries, medical problems and even permanent disability. As a result, many veterans found it hard to settle back into their normal life. Some veterans had to adjust their homes because of the their medical problems and some could never work again. Another major physical impact of the Vietnam War on the veterans and their families was Agent Orange (herbicides and insecticides used during the war period).
The Vietnam War was a very confusing and tough time for both the world and the United States. Many Americans did not know why exactly we were there in Vietnam for the war and for what reasons. There were many great leaders who were very influential in the Vietnam War; some were also not so great ones. Ho Chi Minh and John F. Kennedy were two presidents, who both had two completely different views that changed the war in many ways. Ho Chi Minh was President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Cara War is something that you never want to experience, especially the war in Vietnam. Vietnam was an absolute mess because at no point was the United States as a whole on the same page about the war in general. Some believed that it was an important war that we needed to win and others believed that we had absolutely no business in Vietnam. As General Sherman said, “War is Hell,” but most vets would say that Vietnam was far worse than hell. They were placed into a war that from the start was impossible to win due to many circumstances and situations starting with the rules of war.
There are many different reactions to the Vietnam war, including reactions to the country and soldiers. The country was in protest. Soldiers were often treated poorly and alienated. People wanted to end the war while some people wanted to use maximum military force. People reacted with protests.
Built on 1982, the Vietnam War was still ‘fresh’ on the minds of the pieple, especially those who participated on it. Battle scars, physically, mentally and emotionally, were not yet healed. The building of the memorial may have triggered negative emotions since the Americans lost the war. Instead of a symbol to honor the dead soldiers, it may be seen as symbol of USA’s loss. Another issue was that the veterans who decided to create a memorial were only one of the different factions of veterans.