Vietnamization, the invasion of Cambodia and the My
Lai Massacre are all a part of the powerful events that make up this world’s
history. Each country had their own view on what the events meant and how they
took place. First of all, the North Vietnamese think that this war is about the
fight for their independence from France. They want to take over all of Vietnam
because first of all they think it is their right and because they want to unite
their people under one name. Secondly, the South Vietnamese also feel the same
way about their country and people. Yet, the South Vietnamese do not want to go
under the rule of a Communist regime set up by the north side. There is also
prejudice between both sides much like South and North Korea. The French, on the
other hand, view Vietnam as their colony and land because they conquered it a
long time ago. The United States feels that North Vietnam should not take over
the country because they would make it Communist and this would be hard to
negotiate with in the world. They feel that a democracy is the best form of
government. So, they try to help South Vietnam to take over the country.
Secretly, they donate lots of things to this side and make sure they win.
Meanwhile, Russia, the other major superpower at the time, was putting its hand
into North Vietnam to promote the spread of Communism. In the end, geopolitics
also played an important role in these events as well.
of the Cold War ideology still existed at the time, so it was more than likely
it played an important role in these events. The idea that the better superpower
would be the one that supported the better side was evident. For the United
States and Russia, this wasn’t really a fight for independence or struggle for
freedom, it was a competition. Basically, the United States supported the South
and democracy, while Russia supported the North and Communism. Once again, these
two countries were on opposing sides of a battle, which was not directly
physical. Both sides wanted to win support of Vietnam, so they could eventually
control the government there. It proved the fact that no country acts without
thinking for itself first.
response to the My Lai Massacre especially was huge. People all over the world
watch as the images reeled in of the mass killings of hundreds of innocent
civilians in Vietnam done by the United States. This ruined its image in the
international community. All the killings created outrage against the United
States of America and the war in particular.
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