As most of us know, The United States military fought in the Vietnam war. The Vietnam War is very well known throughout America, however, it is also known for its controversy. A lot of Americans agree that the U.S. should not have been involved in the Vietnam war.
Before we get to why it is controversial, let’s get into the beginning of the war. After WWII the French gave Vietnam it’s independence, however, it was supposed to be split between North and South until the elections were held. These elections ended up never happening. The north and south stayed separate as the north chose to be communist and the south chose capitalism.The country did agree that they wanted to unite and become one, but they both had very different ideas. This led to a civil war in South Vietnam. As South Vietnam fell, the country turned communist. Due to this the neighboring countries would most likely fall to communism This is where the U.S. decided to join South Vietnam in fear of communism spreading.
A lot of Americans find us joining the war controversial because of multiple reasons. To start off, the U.S. had just got out of WWII a decade before and most Americans were much more happy without war. Many people agreed with the famous presidents and politicians when they talked about isolationism. Isolationism is the belief that one's country should stay out of foreign affairs.
On the other hand, some people believe it was right for the U.S. to join the war in fear of communism spreading. By joining the war they intended on preventing something that could change the world.
What do you think? Was it right for the U.S. to join the war? Why or Why not?