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How the vietnam war affected america

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The Vietnam War - How did it affect America? 1) Source A implies to us that the Vietnam War changed the American Soldiers, GIs, into a "machine." This one word, "machine", tells us that they were turned into heartless people who were very "effective" in killing people, as they will not have feelings and not think back at what they done: killing. Another point Source A tells us about how the Vietnam War changed the GIs is that they were made to hate people that were Vietnamese, or even looked Vietnamese, as in their training, they were attacked by "Japanese and Chinese American military". A quote to support this is, "a very effective machine", meaning they only like killing people, and were effective at this one job. The American Soldiers were also made to think that the only way to survive was by killing; "I was very good at what I did. I survived". This quotes supports the fact they were made to think that if they had to survive, they had kill, and thus, they became very good at this job, killing innocent people. Source B infers to us that America had just "created a monster", in the form of American soldiers, meaning that they were made to not have feelings, just like monsters. ...read more.

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Source C says, "I killed a man". This quote means that this person who was being interviewed was so obsessed with killing in Vietnam he did it right where he was, America. These two similar quotes show how the Vietnam War had changed you g soldiers into these types of people, people who liked violence. However, Sources C and B do not agree with each other, as Source B is mainly about the general public, but Source C is a personal case study about one soldier only. In conclusion, I think that Sources C and A agree with each other more than Sources C and B. This is because C and A are mainly about one person only, agreeing with each other. 3) The Vietnam War affected the American Soldiers so much, as it was mainly due to the fact of the training that they were given before being sent off to Vietnam to serve their term. During their training, they were brainwashed into killing; "...only thing that was going through my mind was exactly what was planned." This quote, from Source A, means that they were only made to think about one thing, which was to kill communists. Another point in Source A is that after they returned from the Vietnam War, soldiers became paranoid about the Vietcong being 'round the corner', and they became lonely and depressed. ...read more.

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John Kerry also knows about what he is talking about, as he is also talking with the knowledge of interviewing 150 veterans, and what the soldiers did during the time of them serving their terms. John Kerry also says that the war had changed America by turning them into "monsters". Kerry also says that they were "as bad as Genghis Kahn", who was a Mongol Empire in the 1200's. Another point that he makes is that America had taught them to "deal and trade in violence". However, Source B is not useful as evidence of how the Vietnam War changed America because Kerry was against the war, anti-war, and may have been biased about the war, and wants to portray the war as being a mistake. John Kerry may also have over exaggerated the effects of the war a bit, as he mentions in his speech about millions of men being turned into monsters, even though he only interviewed 150 Vietnam Veterans, meaning that he may have extrapolated. In his conclusion, he over exaggerates a bit as well, so we cannot totally trust that bit of his speech. Overall, Source B is not so useful about telling us how the Vietnam War affected America, as it only tells us what the soldiers did, not what America as a whole country actually felt like due to the terrible things these veterans had done during their terms. ?? ?? ?? ?? Prikarean Nagarajah 1184 1 ...read more.

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