Reading the history behind these ancient kingdoms have allowed me to understand why the neutral countries of Laos and Cambodia got pulled into the Vietnam War. Yes, the United States' military intervention was a huge reason behind Laos and Cambodia's involvement, but so is this "brotherhood" that exists within Indochina (112). Chanda describes that this historic brotherhood basically lies in the common struggle of Indochina and its historical relations with superpowers, such as China. For one nation to be independent, that meant that the other two had to be as well. There was no Vietnam versus China, but had always been China versus Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The brotherhood is essentially a stronger alliance.
Learning about this makes me question how deeply rooted and complex wars are today. As I try to unpack and learn more about what is happening in Syria, the more confused I become. There are alliances that the United States has to some middle-eastern countries that fuel the Syrian War. Although the Syrian War has created the Syrian refugee crisis, there are more countries involved than just Syria and the United States. Are we ever going to know all of the facts behind wars? What does liberation look like for a country like Syria when it's independence may be dependent on other nations?
|A picture showing all the forces Syria is fighting against.|
Chanda, Nayan. "Introduction" "Chapter 1: Old Enemies, New War" "Chapeter 4: A Glimpse into the History" "Epilogue" N.p., n.d.The War after the War. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers. Web. 17 Feb. 2017