Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week 7 - Jonathan Khuu

In "War after the War", Nayan Chanda discusses the relations of Southeast Asian countries after the Fall of Saigon.  Chanda focuses the bulk of the reading examining the popular groups that took hold of power including the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnamese Communist, and Mao's Communist Red Books.  The Vietnam War was more than just a war to the nations of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China.  The war was protecting the very livelihood of these nations, something the American's felt was no longer important when ending the war.  Communism spread according to the domino effect.

Chanda examines post-war relations and comments on the power struggles within nations.  So much of a nation seems to be unifying it under a single ruler/political party.  However, Chanda shows how not focusing on the differences among people leads to a country to unexpected genocide and economic turmoil.  Learning about these specific relations of post-war communism and domino theory really show how complex war really is.  It's not simply fighting what's wrong and what's right, its war protecting livelihoods and protecting nations from destructive forces.  

 How would the history of SEA nations be different if the United States had not pulled out of Vietnam?

If the United States was so worried about the spread of communism, why did they not intervene with SEA nations?

No comments:

Post a Comment