Vietnam War Ethics




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Vietnam War is one of the most important and longest wars in the U.S. history. Both sides, the North and South Vietnam were fighting against each other. Soviet Union and China were supporting the North while U.S. Army was supporting the South. Americans didn’t have to go to the war but they didn’t want the communism to spread even more. And that’s why they started thinking of what should be done in the near future. This caused the Americans to prepare for the flight to South Vietnam. While the other group members are talking about the technology and strategies of the Vietnam War, we will touch on something called the ethics. Ethics were playing an important role in the Vietnam War. First of all, the ethics are the rules that are either rights or not. The following information will show the wrong rules used during the Vietnam War that affected the end of it.

Drafting was one of the government’s decisions during the Vietnam War, and government had a lottery which was randomly choosing the people to go to war. Yes, there was an army but as everyone believed, in order to win this hard war against the North Vietnam, Americans had to bring as many people as possible. All of the chosen people were forced to go to the Vietnam war and they had to fight for their country. They were brought to the land of Vietnam but they had no experience in fighting, they didn’t know how to use the weapons properly, they were not prepared for it. The U.S. government was not organized or prepared for this war either and the result of that was that the winner of it were the North Vietnamese soldiers. Nobody could argue with the government about who wants to go to war and who doesn’t.



The citizens who weren’t chosen to go to the war, were protesting a lot showing lots of different posters. The posters were about how the government doesn’t take care of what it’s supposed to, and about how the citizens hate it. The only reason why people protest is to try to make something better in the future because it’s impossible to change something about the Vietnam War after it has already begun. Governments change, presidents get switched, the new rules appear… But people will never stop protesting because there will be people that aren’t happy with what’s happening to their country. Vietnam War took away many lives and the government doesn’t care about it.



The pictures below show how the ways people used to protest. Additionaly, the video shows how much people wanted to stop the war and when they were trying to get closer to the politicians, they were arrested by the police.


People striking during the Vietnam War.
People striking during the Vietnam War- the sign of how the government was hated.





The ethics have affected many things during the Vietnam War including the loss of it. Unfortunately, all of the citizens that were drafted to this war were unprepared and did not have an experience to work and cooperate with the rest of the strong American Army. But as many people say, the U.S. government did nothing better to help Americans win this battle even though everyone wanted the communism to stop spreading. Eventually, this led the domino theory to work in this case. The domino theory means that if the communism appears in one country, it will appear in another one too.




In order to overcome the North Vietnam, the U.S. Army have tried many methods which did not work. One of those methods as mentioned before was the drafting. Most of the time, both sides were fighting in the jungles which was unexpectable for the Americans. Many people who were drafted to this war, were running away from the country or just burning and destroying the drafts as shown in the pictures below.


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Most of the people did not do anything about it. They just went to the war to avoid any bad consequences because those people who ran away abroad, they were not able to come back to the United States in such a long time.

All of the drafted people who went to the war, they had a hard time because some of them haven’t even participated in any wars at all.





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Those soldiers who were in the U.S. Army, they had a lot of experience but those people who were drafted, they couldn’t get along with those soldiers. This has created a big problem during the Vietnam War because the American Army couldn’t fight in a way there were planning to. Another important issue is the organization of killing the right people, meaning, that a lot of innocent people got killed during the Vietnam War. All of the children or others that got in a way, were simply killed.


The following video shows some of the important events during this war including how people acted to avoid being drafted, the conditions in the army, the penalties for faking illnesses and other avoiding methods. Besides this, the slide show shows some famous people who were successful when tried avoiding being drafted.


The last part that relates to ethics is the lack of training. Even though the video showed us that there was 80% of American soldiers and only 20% of drafted people, those American soldiers didn’t have enough training to be able to win this battle. There was a lack of discipline which means nothing went by the rules. Miscommunication during the war has caused the U.S. Army to despair. Many soldiers had a hard time getting along with each other,


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If at least any of these ethics were kept in mind during the Vietnam War, the consequences would be much better.


                                                                  Works cited page


Bia, Ku. “ Vietnam War Draft “. July 25, 2013. Web. November 2014.


Bia, Ku. “ U.S. Propaganda in the Vietnam War “.  March 27, 2014. Web. December 2014.


Barringer, Mark. “ The Anti-War Movement In The United States “. Oxford UP.

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Rosenberg, Jennifer. 20th century history expert. “ The history of the Vietnam war. “

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