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"Platoon" Essay

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The movie 'Platoon' showed the terrible situations during the Vietnam War as well as major horrors of the Vietnam War. It's one of the greatest war movies I've seen and it's hard to believe that it was made in 80's.In the beginning of the movie, it clearly showed that most of the US soldiers weren't educated and had very low life. Also, there were some conflicts between the leaders of two crews. The movie showed the problems US had with the Vietminhs and other resistance forces as well as the problems they had within their troops. Later on the movie, it showed the US soldiers' attitudes against Vietnamese. In my opinion, the US soldiers' attitudes were terrible since they were beating/killing them and raping young girls. The movie 'Platoon' criticized the US involvement in Vietnam by showing these horrible images.The US intervened in Vietnam War because they were extremely aware of the domino theory. The US was afraid that when Vietnam falls, whole Indo-china would fall to communism. So, the US sent in troops into Vietnam to help South Vietnam and by late 1965, there were about 185, 000 soldiers in Vietnam. The US had most advanced technology that it looked like a piece of a cake in the beginning. However, there were some problems for the US troops. Since most of the Vietnamese thought that the US troops were intruders, they went against US troops. So, there was some confusion for the US troops because they were not sure who they have to fight against and fighting for since everyone Vietnamese were against them. Also, Vietnamese used guerilla tactics, which were extremely effective and Vietcong was gaining more support. Therefore, even though the US had the most advanced technology, combat power wasn't very effective in Vietnam War.The US intervened both of Vietnam and Korean War because the US was extremely aware of domino theory. Although, it had same goals for those two wars, it intervening in Vietnam resulted in disaster. When the US got involved in Korean war, South Korea was able to survive throughout the war and was able to get a protection from the US against North Korea. However, in Vietnam war, the US started to withdraw their troops from late 1969 and in 1975, North Vietnamese takes over whole Vietnam. One of the reasons why intervention made by US had failed in Vietnam would be the fact that the Vietnam War had more problems than the Korean War. As what I said before, in Vietnam War the US soldiers were not sure whom they were fighting against and whom they were fighting for. Also, the US soldiers weren't welcome in Vietnam when South Koreans were glad to have help from the US in June 1950, just 3 days after the start of the war.Many people didn't support the Vietnam War and there are few reasons for it. One of the reasons would be the fact that many people viewed Vietnamese as a weak country, which have no defense against anything...

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