18 February 2017
Week 7 Blogpost
Nayan Chanda’s book Brother Enemy: The War After the War exposes the aftereffects of the Viet Nam war being so internationally affiliated with various countries and having it not be described by just a “War” but more so as a complex entity. The countries that were mostly involved in the Indochina War were Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and China, with U.S. tampering within the listed countries’ political and economic endeavors. These countries involved were so interconnected with one another that when one event or conflict occurs within a country, such as that of the Viet Nam War and its relations to the Khmer Rouge, the latter countries are also greatly affected. The U.S. involvement in the war was mainly due to overthrowing, or rather destroying, any ideology of communism. By that, the U.S. intervened with the political interests that were happening within the country of Viet Nam. With the accumulating amount of bodies and lives being harmed and taken away, the U.S nation was questioning its primary involvement in the war. Slowly, the U.S. completely stops its military aid to the South Vietnamese, which then resulted to their defeat and a permanent wound in the country of Viet Nam.
Question: If these histories were to be introduced and taught in the American educational system, how will this affect the pride, patriotism, and glory of the United States of America?