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What were people's reactions to the Vietnam War.

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Question 2 What were people's reactions to the Vietnam War When America first went to war with the communists most of the American population supported the war. There were a few anti war organizations against it these were mainly college and university students who would have been a possibility for being sent away to fight. The Vietnam War was known as the TV war, which saw all what had happened that day in the war was seen on the news that evening. On the 7th of February 1965 the US launched operation rolling thunder this was the bombing campaign on military targets around the clock. The problem the US faced with bombing was most of the country in thick jungle so the bombers couldn't identify their targets so a lot of bombs got dropped on South Vietnamese citizens, which led to them joining the Viet cong. ...read more.


In March 1968 an American unit called Charlie company left there base on a search and destroy mission looking for Viet Cong forces they had intelligence that Viet Cong forces were hiding in the village called My Lai on the morning of the 16th between 300 and 400 civilians including Women and children were slaughtered no Viet Cong forces were found and only 3 weapons however the soldiers lied and claimed that they killed 200 Viet Cong and only 20 civilians. One year later the American people found out the truth when a solider came forward to tell the truth to the government. At this point a lot of people had turned against the war but this was the last straw and the war become very unpopular In America there were regular protests most peaceful but there were a few violent ones like at Kent State University were the students had to be fought off with riot police and ...read more.


prostitutes due to the amount of money the American soldiers had because Vietnam was a poor country and the American soldiers had lots of money to spend. The Viet Cong in the south of the country supported the war from the start, as they wanted all of Vietnam t o be united under communist rule along with the Viet Minh in the north who supported the war. China and the USSR also supported the war by supplying the communists in Vietnam with weapons and soldiers to fight the capitalists, as they also wanted Vietnam to be communist as this was during the cold war. The Australians supported the war by sending there troops to fight for capitalism also South Korea sent there troops as they had been fighting communists from north Korea and felt that South Vietnam could use all the help they could get. In most countries there were anti war demonstrations taking place out side American embassies. ...read more.

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