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First of all, though from a hindsight, we may cast doubt on the motive of the Vietnam war, but back then, the threaten to western democracy and freedom from the communists were real, and the people’s fears were logically founded too. The Americans wants to stop the further communism spread further and constrain the power and influence of Russian out of self defense. The corruption and chaotic organization of the South Vietnam were prevailing. The actions of the Americans didn’t give time to the north to gain strength. Like the statements in Kempner’s letter to his grandparents: “But the legality or lack of it is really of no importance because our friends on the other side are not bothered by such trivialities and, if we are, then we can primly say that we have followed the legal and narrow trail and lose the battle to an opponent who is not playing by our rules. We are here because we think this is where we must fight to stop a communist threat. But not having gained momentum i...
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First of all, though from a hindsight, we may cast doubt on the motive of the Vietnam war, but back then, the threaten to western democracy and freedom from the communists were real, and the people’s fears were logically founded too. The Americans wants to stop the further communism spread further and constrain the power and influence of Russian out of self defense. The corruption and chaotic organization of the South Vietnam were prevailing. The actions of the Americans didn’t give time to the north to gain strength. Like the statements in Kempner’s letter to his grandparents: “But the legality or lack of it is really of no importance because our friends on the other side are not bothered by such trivialities and, if we are, then we can primly say that we have followed the legal and narrow trail and lose the battle to an opponent who is not playing by our rules. We are here because we think this is where we must fight to stop a communist threat. But not having gained momentum in conquering this country could bowl us out of Asia altogether—and perhaps out of existence. [If] this makes us the policemen of the world, then so be it.” (Edelman p.187)
Moreover, Kennedy’s foreign policy advisers saw Vietnam as a test of whether the US could halt the spread of third world revolutions. (Foner, p994) Winning the war or not, US did undermined the communist power. US took a firm stand on the soil of Vietnam. A lot of south Asian countries like Indonesia and Singapore benefited from US’s action of joining the war. The Americans “protect the farmers from the VC terrorism, taxation and pillaging of the hard-earned crops” (Edelman p.189), they helped the villagers to build up the order and public security.
The Vietnam War was brutal and seemed no sign of success indeed, but it’s the least bad choices of reaction back then. On one hand, the media publicity and the prevailing opinions at home front had given people the impression that the war is losing badly; however, there were successful approaches and battles. On the other hand, the lives of millions non-communist people in the North Vietnam would be bleaker if the US hasn’t participated. People’s wishes of leaving the communist rules were denied. “South Vietnam is a very small country struggling to keep its freedom. Many of the little boys and girls in South Vietnam may never have the opportunities that you children will have” (Edelman p.185). Persecutions and tortures would be carried on even more. US’s effort undermined the communist power. US were there to help civilian to achieve simple safe lives, like Captain Chastant said in his letters to his parents: “I have a commitment to the men who have gone before me, American men who made the sacrifices that were required to make the world safe for ice skating, department stores and lamp shades.” (Edelman p.191) US’s stand also sent a message to the rest of the world to warn the ambitious political dreams of Soviet and defend the western democracy.
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