War in Films: Universal Soldier

1320 WordsJul 8, 20186 Pages
Every war will have those who support the war and those who are against the war. In 1965, those who were against the Vietnam War made their views known by many forms of protesting such as forming organizations, rallying, and anti-war protest music. Anti-war protest music was an opportunity to put people’s perspectives into song to hopefully spread their message. Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote the song “Universal Soldier” in 1962 and her message was that “Universal Soldier is about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all” (Boulanger). The song “Universal Soldier” was used as a protest anthem during the Vietnam War and attempts to untangle one of the paradoxes of life that war never leads to peace through…show more content…
During the Vietnam War, approximately 200,000 young men and college age students avoided the draft by fleeing the country, outright ignoring the draft notices or started protests. The most famous protest took place in 1967 at Central Park in New York City. Approximately 500,000 war protesters of varying age and gender showed up and chanted “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” (Tindall 1353). This led to the anti-war protest movement of men burning their draft notices who were supposed to go to war. President Johnson implemented the draft during this time because the United States was in dire need of more troops due to the casualties and injuries suffered in Vietnam (Vietnam). In the second stanza of the song, Sainte-Marie writes how soldier can come from many different religious backgrounds and though it may be against his religion to kill, a soldier “knows he always will” (Universal). In a soldier’s mindset it is kill or be killed, while Sainte-Marie argues that a soldier chooses to be a killer, going against his religion. Protesters during the Vietnam War argued that one of the atrocities of war was death. Americans could not see the reasoning of sending young males to war with a high chance of getting injured or dying when they had their whole life ahead of them (Vietnam). The third stanza of the song infers that no matter what country a soldier is fighting for, they are all fighting for the same result, peace. Within these two stanzas,
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