Was The War In Vietnam Justified

Looking back we can see how America made poor decisions in relation to Vietnam. Vietnam is an invitation only to amnesia- a hard and numb scar we prefer not to notice. (1) The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict was not justified. The country it was backing in the war made immoral decisions. The country it was against, was determined and would stop at nothing to gain independence.
Vietnam is known for its raw materials like rubber and tin, which make it valuable to other countries. Vietnam started out as an independent country during the Bronze Age. Sometime near 200BC it was taken over by the Chinese. For almost 2000 years Vietnam went through independence and control ...

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up to 50,000, but Vietnamese civilian deaths are a staggering 1.5 million. (2)
The ideals that the U.S. stands for such as freedom and democracy are not the ones it was supporting in South Vietnam. The government was not fully unified and the people in it did not support their government. It was backing the southern leader Diem. Diem was known as a very religious Christian. He would discriminate his citizens based on their religion. During the time there was a proverb that said “Turn Christian and have rice to eat”.(2) Many who weren’t Christian did not get food and starved under this so-called “democracy” that the US was supporting. How could the U.S. support a leader that would favor his religion enough to let his own people starve. In response to the religious persecution some Buddhist monks performed religious suicide. They set themselves ablaze in public streets in front of others. In response Diem simply said “Let them burn, we shall clap our hands.”(2) The ...

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