Apart from the United States, another country that was involved in the war is Australia. The country got involved in the war in order to support South Vietnam in the year 1962. In addition, the Australians were involved in the…
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Despite their active involvement, people from Australia were anxious about the country’s involvement in the war. It is noteworthy that various novels and other cultural texts focus on Australia’s involvement in the war and its consequences.
An example of a book that talks about Australia’s participation in the war is “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Bien. This book contains short stories that talks about the country’s involvement while criticizing the complex political web that led to both America’s and Australia’s participation while featuring O’Brien and his fellow soldiers (O’Brien 18). The author has explained the roles of politics in the war while focusing on the soldiers who participated in the war. The initial chapter in the book talks about soldiers from Australia and American carrying weapons in literary way. The book contains well-researched information with the main source being the experiences of the author during the Vietnam War. Based on the author’s arguments in the book, the book is against the soldier’s participation in the war. The author describes the emotional pains and burdens carried by the soldiers in form of weapons throughout the war. It makes the audience identify with the soldiers’ suffering instead of focusing on their positions in the war. According to the author, the country got involved in the war because it lacked enough information and was misled by other countries such as the US and Vietnam. Through the book, the audience realizes how the soldiers were caught up in a complicated political game during the war. The author explains how the Australian soldiers were alienated during the war (O’Brien 18). In the later chapters, the book seems to accuse the country’s governments and the public for betraying the soldiers. The book pictures the real event in the country during the war. For instance, through the book, the audience realized how soldier were being manipulated in
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The American Civil War made the most radical changes in the American History and it changed the American ideology dramatically. It is proved that United States of America wouldn’t have changed into a liberal and democratic state as it is now, if Civil War wouldn’t have fought within and at the right time.
The social revolution that happened in America at the time of the Vietnam War was a precipitation of all the tension that has gotten America up on her toes since the 1950s, with the civil rights revolution among others. The sixties saw social revolution through the massive counterculture movement that has largely been a youth-oriented one.
The Vietnam War is one of the Cold Wars that occurred in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam between November 1955 and April 1975. It occurred after First Indochina War between the government of South Vietnam backed up by the United States and other anti-communist nations, and the government of North Vietnam supported by communist allies.
Within this context, the War on Drug initiated by the US government is an innovative step to wipe out drugs and to save the youngsters from the clutches of drug addiction. But in the US, most of the people who are accused as drug addicts belong to African American Community and this leads to further problems in the society.
Violence in America
The thought of acts of violence creates images of slaughtered foreigners in some far away hard to pronounce country or pictures of a battle between drug cartels in which a gang member is executed for violating a code of silence on the nightly news broadcasts.
The Vietnam war left scars and memories that still haunt American people for the sheer inhumanity that was witnessed on the war-field. It still remains the longest war that America was ever involved in. The total war spent was arond 150 billion dollars and more than 85,000 Americans were killed during the epic battle that was fought between the United States and South Vietnamese army on one side and the North Vietnamese army and the National Liberation front on the other (Isserman & Bowman, 2003).
The war resulted in heavy casualties with nearly 50,000 U.S troops out of the half million dead, along with another million of the Vietnamese troops. It also had an adverse effect on the economy as well as the popularity of the government policies. The Vietnam War caused a social uproar, health problems and drug addiction among other consequences that benumbed the sensibilities of the Americans.
In particular, both sides wished to have Germany, which was a vast country in need of repair at the time, following in their own footsteps. The day that Germany was divided between the east and the west, the cold war policies of both nations began to take shape with the United States advocating democracy and the curtailment of communism while Russia continued to advocate communism and its spread across the world.
The Northern economy was mainly based on factories and wages while the South economy had large cotton plantations. The south needed slaves to work in the cotton plantations and requested for new territories to be admitted in the Union as slave states in order to prevent the slaves from joining the free territories (Arnold and Wiener 17).