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Essay on Vietnam and Korean Wars Ruined America's Image

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The Vietnam War and Korean War greatly changed America forever. It was the longest war fought in America’s history, lasting from 1950 to 1973. Both of the Wars ruined America’s self-image by waging war against the people of Korea and Vietnam becoming the first time in history the United States failed to accomplish its stated war aims, to preserve a separate, independent, non-communist government. The elections had great effects on the America, as the communist parties of Korea and Vietnam led millions of their people to restore the independence of each individual country. The Americans strictly against national elections rose to take control, but ended up mishandling the situation. Now the question is not about how come they did this, but…show more content…
However, this election never happened, because the United States knew that, if the elections would happen, the North Vietnamese communist would likely win because the popularity of communist parties was growing through Vietnam and Korea. This was identified to be dangerous for America; it would extremely weaken their global power, and strengthen the Soviet Union. The war itself did show clearly to the Soviet Union that the U.S. was willing to use any methods required to stop the spread of communism.
America is a country which always told the citizens of their country that they will do anything to save the citizens of any country; they had the belief in spreading freedom and democracy internationally. Meaning that when they intervened the situation in Vietnam, they were actually stopping the elections, because it would cause too much harm to the people of Vietnam, but instead the United States were not protecting the Vietnamese people, rather they were harming them. Not only did the U.S. prevent the Vietnamese from taking part in elections, but during the course of the war, civilian fatalities were treated as horribly. Because the North-Vietnamese forces were peasants, just like the civilians, they were very difficult to tell apart. There are recorded cases of entire villages of being examined because of suspicion of the communist from North Vietnam. America’s commitment of saving citizens was not as pure as it seemed, they caused a lot
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