The Vietnam War And Agent Orange

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The Vietnam War was between Capitalist United states and Communist North Vietnamese; the war began in 1964 and ended in 1975. The US joined the war to stop the spreading of communism. The US came up with the domino theory which was if Vietnam turned communist the surrounding countries would all fall to communism too. The war suffered around 2.3million casualties and was very significant in the long term and the short term. Some of the wars key events were; in 1960 when the Vietcong was formed, 1963 when Diem was overthrown, 1965 Operation rolling thunder begun, 1969 Ho Chi Minh died and in 1963 the cease-fire agreement was signed in Paris and the troops leave Vietnam. At the very beginning of the war China aided North Vietnam by sending material, technical support and rice. China also sent aircraft to North Vietnam to repair the damage caused by American bombing, rebuild roads and rail road’s, the Soviet Union also supplied North Vietnam with medical supplies, arms, tanks, planes, helicopters, artillery, anti-aircraft missiles as well as giving them 3,000 troops. South Korea helped South Vietnam by sending around 320,000 troops to help them, Australia also sent troops to fight for the Americans, and however they only sent about 7,500 troops. The war was significant internationally because so many different countries were offering to help in the form of money and weapons as well as troops.
The Vietnam War was the first major war to be shown on television, in America most of the information people had regarding the war was from news reports, newspapers and television. The information received was often biased and had little truth in it, peoples’ views and opinions were influenced a lot by the news because it was their only contact with what was happening in the war. As the fighting got worse the amount of media coverage grew. Many images were circulated about the violence and brutality that people were suffering, the media also showed how people had been kidnapping, torturing, mutilating and murdering each other. Later on in the war images and information about the war begun circulating, this made it harder for the government to control what the American’s got to see and what they didn’t get to see. When information was circulating more freely people found out exactly what was happening in Vietnam. The Americans were shocked and disturbed by some of the things they saw and the amount of casualties and deaths that had occurred, people soon became very angry about the war and protests began. This was significant to the US in the short term, because of the media the Protest movement had begun and people began putting pressure on the government to end the war and get the American troops out. This was also significant to the rest of the world because since the Vietnam War the media has played a huge role in many other wars since.
In the short term Cambodia and Laos, two non-communist countries, became more and more communist because of the Americans....

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