Vietnam War Students Vs Politics Essay

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I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded... I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed... I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
- Dwight D Eisenhower

Over the years history is marked with death and destruction in many forms. The 1960’s marked
an era of change and social revolution for many in the U.S... It was during this time that the Civil Rights
Movement was in full force, American Scientist were able to put the first man on the moon, and our
world was still grieving over the brutal assassinations of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President
John F. Kennedy. It was also during this time that our American teens began to experiment heavily with
drugs and their sexuality. This particular movement was considered the Hippie subculture. The Hippies
during this time were strongly active in preaching Peace/Love to anyone who would listen. They were
also a part of the Anti-War Movement that started in the 50’s and would continue until the late 60’s.
It was during this movement that many student and political figures would collide in a “I’m right
you’re wrong” debate that would last until and even after the Vietnam War was finished. Antiwar protest
began popping up everywhere there were college students who thought the government where out of
their mind. One such demonstration that is still memorable to this day is the antiwar protest at Kent
State University. It was just days before that the students of Kent listened as President Nixon made an
announcement. It was after that changed their worlds forever.
Included in that speech where some of the following comments:
Ten days ago in my report to the nation on Vietnam I announced the decision to withdraw an additional 150,000 Americans from Vietnam over the next year....
... And at that time I warned that if I included that if increased enemy activity in any of these areas endangered the lives of Americans remaining in Vietnam, I would not hesitate to take strong and effective measures to deal with that situation.
Despite that warning, North Vietnam has increased its military aggression in all these areas, and particularly in Cambodia....
... Cambodia, as a result of this, has sent out a call to the United States, to a number of other nations, for assistance. Because if this enemy effort succeeds, Cambodia would become a vast enemy staging area and a springboard for attacks on South Vietnam along 600 miles of frontier: a refuge where enemy troops could return from combat without fear of retaliation....
... Tonight, American and South Vietnamese units will attack the headquarters for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam. The key control centre has been occupied by the North Vietnamese and Vietcong for five years in blatant violation of Cambodia's neutrality....
... I realize in this war there are honest...

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