The Vietnam War

1466 Words Jul 10th, 2018 6 Pages
This essay is about talking and analysing the Vietnam War. This civil war was between the Communist North and the Democratic South because of the fear of communism spreading to the South. Other Western countries also helped in this war because they too were afraid of communism spreading, and so they sent money and troops to aid South Vietnam. Some of these countries included America, Australia, and New Zealand. This war was one of the most divisive events in history and I am going to talk about why this is so.

For most of Vietnam?s history the country has been under foreign rule, primarily by the Chinese. Domination of the region by the French began in 1860, and by the late 19th century they had colonised a number of places around the
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If that form had the individual?s date of birth written on it, he would be conscripted to the ?National Service,? and eventually he would be sent to fight in Vietnam. When the first date was drawn out on the 10th of March, 1965, many groups such as the Save Our Sons, Youth Against Conscription, and the Australia Communist Party increased their protests. By the 1970?s, there was a dramatic division in the Australian Society over the country?s involvement in the war and the conscription issue.

The type of warfare used in the Vietnam War was chemical warfare. The main chemical used was Agent Orange, a chemical that was used to poison trees and clear lands. Unfortunately, Agent Orange can have a bad effect on people too. A main issue with Agent Orange is that parents exposed to the chemical are more likely to have a deformed child. An estimated fifty thousand deformed children have been born to parents who were directly sprayed or were exposed to Agent Orange through food and/or water. To this very day many children are being born deformed in Vietnam because of Agent Orange. According to the Vietnam Agent Orange Campaign, it is said that,

Exposure to Agent Orange or dioxin is also associated with disorders of the endocrine system (e.g., decreased sexual desire, gynecomastia), cardiovascular system (e.g., increased blood pressure, blood deficiency), gastrointestinal system (e.g., nausea, vomiting,

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