The Impact of War. There are many events which can have a profound effect on societies and on the individuals who live in those societies. Perhaps none of these events is as great as the effect that war can have on a society .
There are many events which can have a profound effect on societies and on the individuals who live in those societies. Perhaps none of these events is as great as the effect that war can have on a society.
The end of both World Wars fostered a pride of nation that became a prominent force as people cheered the returning soldiers. It meant something to be a Canadian. But at the same time, families that had lived for years without husbands and fathers suddenly had to adjust to having them back in their lives again.
As you can see the end of World War II had a profound effect on Canadian society and on the Canadian soldiers who fought in that war.
This was a very different war. There were no clear combat zones, no clear front. This was a guerrilla war fought half way around the world, where territory was repeatedly taken, lost and then taken and lost again. There were few successes to cheer. And for Americans, this was no far-off war where deaths were muted by both time and distance. This was a war the American public could watch in real time.
The vast majority of soldiers fighting in Vietnam were young. In fact, the average age of soldiers killed in Vietnam was 23. More 21-year-olds were killed than any other age group. It was hardly surprising that youth began to object.As the war dragged on, there was growing dissent, especially among youth.
A reported massacre of civilians by American soldiers at a Vietnamese village named Myi Lai and the introduction of a lottery draft incited more protests.
Public opinion was inflamed. The protests became more widespread and even returning veterans of the war participated. Americans were questioning even the reasons why their soldiers had been sent to Vietnam. Many vets questioned their own participation in the war. After cries of “Baby Killers” began to welcome them home, the “honour” of serving one’s country, suddenly seemed less honourable.
Soldiers did not return en masse from Vietnam as they had in World War II. There were no ticker tape parades in Time Square. Vietnam vets were not greeted with the same kind of jubilation that had greeted the troops returning from World War II. There was no victory to celebrate, nor even a clear cause to rally behind.
In truth, most Vietnam War vets returned and became productive members of American society. But many did not. It is estimated that more Vietnam soldiers committed suicide after the war than actually died in the war itself.