why should the U.S.A be the policemen of the world?
Why Should the U.S. Be the Policeman of the World?
Should the U.S.A be the policeman of the world or should it stay isolated?
The United States has been a super power for decades, and since America had
always involved themselves in other countries problems. Instead of
isolationism, the country has practiced getting involved; as a result, they
suffered from many dramatic consequences. The Vietnam War was a primary example
of the U.S. involvement and the results ended in numerous casualties on both
sides, economic loss for both countries (especially Vietnam), and most of all,
the American people lost faith in their very own government.
The American felt they had an obligation to halt the spread of communism so
therefore dipped their hands into our situation. The U.S.A were afraid of the
domino theory, were as one influenced communist country would fall, so
would the others. They wanted to contain North Vietnam (communist) from taking
over South Vietnam (anti-communist), but it was the biggest mistake they had
ever made. Although officially, the Vietnam Conflict had neither a beginning nor
an end, for the purpose of this paper it can be best examined through the decade
the United States was involved: February 6, 1965 – August 30, 1975. On February
6, 1965, the United States began the bombing of North Vietnamese cities, marking
the unofficial start of the Vietnam War. Finally, in 1972 the last United States
foot soldiers were removed from Vietnam, and in 1975 the North Vietnamese took
over Saigon, renaming it to Ho Chi Minh City after their brilliant military
leader. At this time the United States Embassy had surrendered, marking the end
of this dreadful war. As the soldiers returned home they had to adapt from a war
in which over one million people were killed, including innocent civilians,
Vietnamese troops and Americans troops combined. Personally, my grandfather and
uncle were among those casualties. They were part of the third infantry from the
South Vietnamese troops. They dedicated themselves into doing what they and like
many other troops considered heroic, honorable, and loyal for their beliefs of
freedom. The Vietnam War had a harsh outcome. “More than 47,000 Americans
were killed in action, 11,000 died of other causes, and 303,000 were wounded.
The largest reason why the U.S. lost the war is very apparent, and fits in
nicely with this section. When one is fighting for a country’s independence, and
the citizens of that country doesnt support the efforts, trouble abounds. The
South Vietnamese were not happy about U.S. soldiers being in their country, and
it showed. Every day, thousands of South Vietnamese joined the Viet Cong, so the
American soldiers never knew who to trust, and who to shoot. Not having the
support of the people you’re fighting for is the worst curse that can be
bestowed onto a military.
The war had cost the United States an estimate of two hundred billion
dollars, making it one of the most expensive, not to mention deadliest war ever
fought. After the war had ended, southern Vietnams agriculture, business and
industry were devastated. The United States President tried to punish Vietnam
for the losses suffered by their country. They cut off all trade to Vietnam.
Vietnams economies were severely damaged. My family, especially my
grandmother, while suffering from the grief of her dead husband and son, she had
to seek refuge for her and her three children in the city of Ho Chi Minh in
1975. She lost everything back in her hometown, Hanoi, including her home, her
jewelries, and most importantly of all, the only two men in her life, her
husband and son.
When president Johnson sent in the first combat troops, and ordered the
bombing of North Vietnam in 1965, the antiwar movement in the US erupted. Many
Americans felt cheated and betrayed by Johnson because they had considered him
as a peace candidate in 1964. The Washington, 20,000-person march, was the first
of greater, more militant protests that took place. Opposition to the war also
caused students to resist the draft. They refused to be selected for military
services because they thought the war was wrong. Too many 19-year-old boys were
dying. College students received deferments, or postponement of military
services, because of their occupation. “So this drafting fell unfairly on
the poor and working-class, and minorities. People had started to stand up for
something that was wrong, and they weren’t about to lose their own lives for a