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I think that the shock from the Viet Nam War to be so great, because it was received by the whole American culture, not just the people who served there. For example: Before the war, American citizen have little way to know about war beside daily radio and.... I don't know, the projector thing that they used in theater. But come the war, and with it, colored television. Never before had they see destruction so real, so breathtaking, so massive and knowing that is was their doing. For the straightforward, good guys-bad guys they're living in, how're they suppose to take that if it was the child they raised that burn down an entire village?, the weapon they manufacture mowing down countless living being?, and the image of the country that they so pervently uphold crumbling down around the world?.
Btw, it "Vietnam", not "Vietman". Sorry for being a grammar nazi.
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Viet Nam wasn't quite like that... we had a lot of minorities and working poor drafted in because they couldn't afford college, young kids just 17-18 years old, or young men who dropped out and enlisted because of "noble" presidential speeches. I know this because my grandfathers on both sides of my family lived through this war. We're a Mexican-American, so perhaps our experience of the Viet Nam war was a bit different than the dominant culture, but I'm sure there wouldn't have been such huge protest against the war had not most of the draftees been so young and left with few options. When Viet Nam vets returned home from war, a lot of them didn't receive decent respect. Many were ridiculed and made fun of just for participating in the war, as if the war itself hadn't been painful enough.
I don't know if you have a Viet Nam verteran in your family, but did you base this off of their experience/feelings?
It's really messed up the way we look at it.
War is waste - in many things