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United State's Involvement in the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War is truly one of the most unique wars ever fought by the

Unites States of by any country. It was never officially declared a war. It

had no official beginning or an official end. It was fought over 10,000 miles

away in a virtually unknown country. The enemy and the allies looked exactly

the alike, and may by day be a friend but by night become an enemy. It

matched the tried and true tactics of World War Two against a hide, run, and

shoot technique known as "Guerrilla Warfare." It matched some of the

best-trained soldiers in the world against largely an untrained militia of

untrained farmers. The United States' soldiers had at least a meal to look

forward to unlike the Communist Vietnamese soldiers who considered a fine

cuisine to be cold rice and, if lucky, rat meat. The Vietnam War matched the

most technically advanced country with one of the least advanced, and the

lesser advanced not only beat but humiliated the strongest military in the

world. When the war was finally showing signs of end, the Vietnamese returned

to a newly unified communist country while the United Stated soldiers

returned to be called "baby killers", and were often spat upon. With the

complexities of war already long overdrawn because of the length of the war

it is no wonder the returning solders often left home confused and returned

home insane. Through an examination of the Vietnam War, in particular an

event know as the My Lai Massacre, and the people involved with both, it can

be proven that when the threshold for violence of a person is met or

exceeded, the resulting psychological scarring becomes the most prominent

reason for war being hell.

            Although officially, the Vietnam Conflict had neither a beginning

nor an end, for the purpose of this paper it can be best examined...


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