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Blog Post; 10/26

In Zinn’s chapter, “The Impossible Victory: Vietnam”, he discusses the Vietnam war and the role that the U.S played as well as the intense anti-war movement on the home front. In previous history classes, I never really was given an in-depth understanding of the Vietnam War. I was very surprised and horrified by the actions and treatment of the Vietnamese from the American military and the police of Diem. The accounts from My Lai and the droppings of bombs on the “free fire zones” showed a horrific and inhuman side of U.S involvement that was not publicized to the American public. I thought an interesting part of the chapter was how the major destruction and firepower from the U.S did not destroy the NLF’s morale or will to fight. This created doubt within the American people because they were confused why the war was not ending yet or why the U.S was not winning. The common theme of the American government withholding the truth and telling lies to the public was a large aspect of the Vietnam War. The report from Jerome Doolittle expressed this theme as he was describing how everyone involved knew that everything being told were lies, “After all, the lies did serve to keep something from somebody, and the somebody was us” (483). This was until the American people began to realize the cruel realities of the war and caused major opposition. 

I was impressed while reading about the large growth and determination of American people opposing the war. Prominent Civil Rights Movement figures were among the first to oppose with Muhammad Ali refusing to serve and MLK pleading an end to the war. I thought one of the most prominent and perhaps most effective opposition groups were the thousands of men refusing the draft or their call to serve. People were even refusing to train soldiers because they did not want to be involved in the murder of innocent people. The power of the opposition within the U.S and how groups from all parts of society joined the anti-war effort shows how important it was to Americans 

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4 Comments

  1. Julia Borger Julia Borger

    I was also impressed with the many different America groups opposing the war. In addition to the ones you mentioned, I also thought it was very powerful that many veterans from the actual war opposed it, as the video showed them throwing their metals back. I found this extremely upsetting but inspirational.

  2. Tess Keating Tess Keating

    I was also impressed by the actions taken by all who opposed the war. It is brave to go against what the country is doing and the fact that so many people were putting themselves at risk by protesting this was extremely heroic. I found it super interesting that it wasn’t just civilians protesting- it was veterans too, which definitely says something about how the American people felt about the war.

  3. Zariah Chiverton Zariah Chiverton

    I was also impressed by learning about how much of a difference the strong opposition to the war at home affected the war overseas. What it makes me think about is our current political climate. There are so many different causes and movements going on right now and people seem to think that protests and such won’t make much of a difference. The Anti-War movement is proof that protests can force the governments’ hands.

  4. William Coben William Coben

    The actions taken by those who opposed the war were inspirational and impressive. While I find it problematic for people to throw away war medals, refuse to train soldiers, and many other things that were done throughout the Vietnam war and after, I do appreciate the American people’s willingness to stand for what they believe in; even if I don’t agree with the manner in which they do it.

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