Why Did The Vietnam War Occur?

Public Domain, Link

The Vietnam War was a local battle over political ideals

The Vietnam War was fought because of a conflict over political ideologies. Vietnam was kind of separated into two parts: one favored Communism and the other opposed it. It all began when Vietnam began to desire freedom from foreign control. Before the end of the Second World War, an alliance called Viet Minh was formed in the Asian nation to make it independent from foreign rule. So, after the alliance had fought off the French and also Japan from controlling Vietnam, the nation got divided into two parts with each part supporting a separate political ideology.

Meanwhile, the aggression that had occurred locally in Vietnam to remove foreign control had frightened the United States because it did not want to see Communism spread. The fear, in my outlook, was not an irrational one: the situation at the time appeared as if the ‘domino theory’ was going to be implemented if Vietnam fell under the influence of Communism because after the end of the Second World War, China had already totally become a Communist power. The ‘domino theory’ suggested that if one nation (in South East Asia) was influenced by Communism, then other nations would follow suit – this would happen similar to how tiles fall in a domino show after the first tile is pushed over.

So then the Vietnam War began in the mid-fifties which lasted approximately two decades. The war had made countries around the world separate and group together behind both camps, as a deadly conflict raged between the two parts of Vietnam.


India’s Rich And Special History

Embed from Getty Images

India is more than just a state with a big presence of exotic culture – it is also a place of great history

India shall always be a place that is rich in history and the state should be valued for that. Surrounded by Mughal influences in neighboring states, which has also given India some of the most remarkable architectural marvels in the world (like the Taj Mahal), what India offers, in spite of its status as a developing country is the presence of striking and well-preserved history through time. For example, the ancient cave monuments in India, also known as the Ajanta Caves, showcase a history that has a likeness with the old history of the stone age because of its carvings on rocks; these carvings help to reflect on what Indian civilization was like a very long time ago. Many countries in the world, in my opinion, do not provide such an elaborate insight into civilizations of past centuries and that is what makes India really remarkable and easy to always connect with.

The Iraq War

Embed from Getty Images

The war in Iraq is probably the most mysterious of wars that ever happened in the Middle East

The Iraq War was one of the worst wars that had been fought in the world. The primary reason why a war happened in Iraq was because a war was deemed necessary to set the people of Iraq completely free from Saddam’s clutches, perhaps because of all the atrocities that Saddam had committed with his time in power in Iraq as a dictator.

I have always felt that there was no need for other countries to invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power because there are non-hostile ways to install a far better regime in Iraq: Western countries consistently strongly cooperating with Iraq in a diplomatic manner was one such way. Also, the fact that the war in Iraq had happened in a completely unnecessary (and hostile) manner, begs the question if the war was also actually poised to uncomfortably focus too much on how Saddam had previously behaved as an Iraqi leader with Kuwait. By the time that the Iraq war happened in 2003, Saddam was already a negative political figure in the world because of his invasion of Kuwait – an episode that had also come to be known as the Gulf War.

Saddam, as an Iraqi leader, clearly didn’t have his priorities straight when he invaded Kuwait: the President of Iraq had actually gone on an invasion of a neighboring Gulf state in 1990, when he should have instead wholeheartedly focused on ruling Iraq properly. In my opinion, when the Iraqi dictator made a political move like that to invade another country, it didn’t really adversely impact Iraq’s image in the world because Iraq had already suffered plenty in the past because of Saddam Hussein and also because Iraq really deserved democracy not dictatorship (plus, the flaws that a dictatorship brings). Also, for that reason, Saddam’s downfall, which was carried out with the help of the war, appears to have poised to benefit not just Iraq but also a second (and separate) Middle Eastern state because of the Iraqi dictator’s past in that state too; the world’s failure to let Iraq find even a little bit of peace over why a war was probably being fought inside of Iraq was truly very awful.

Napoleon’s Defeat

History always finds a way to repeat itself in the lives of magnificent rulers

The French wars which came to an end because Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo is an episode in history which echos very clearly in modern history. When the Battle of Waterloo drew to a close, Napoleon fled to an island situated very close to West Africa and the circumstances in which he lived the remaining few years of his life was very sad. Truly, one of the most legendary conquests of all time turned into a humiliating moment of ruin. It is hard to fathom just what could be more tragic and how immensely painful the experience must have been for Napoleon but the legacy that he has left behind is still important because it portrays how challenging it is to create a permanent kingdom; indeed, it is never that easy for a powerful individual, even though it might appear so from the outside because power can really do anything in the world.

The Tale Of Mulan

How a Chinese legend inspires, with its tale of heroism

Mulan is perhaps best known for the Walt Disney film of the same name about a female warrior in China. Although, the film had made it appear that the story of such a gallant warrior is very true, the story of Mulan is almost always looked upon as a legend.

The legend (mentioned in a poem) in China goes that in the time of the Northern and Southern dynasties, a young girl called Hua Mulan had joined the Chinese army to save her country from dastardly forces. Whilst washing clothes, Mulan overheard that her aged father is going to be enlisted in the national army and so decided to replace him by cross dressing – Mulan wore her father’s armor – and pretended to be a man in front of many soldiers. In the end, Mulan won the battle for her country and retired peacefully in her town.

It’s a remarkable tale and one that was thankfully brought to people’s knowledge because of a remarkable cinematic adaptation. The tale, legend or not, wonderfully ignites bravery and the concept of challenges in life, through the frame of a heroic woman.

Introduction Of The Coercive Act

Embed from Getty Images

During British rule of the United States, on March 28 1774, the British government introduced the Coercive Act, in response to that episode, in which the Boston Tea Party had destroyed British properties. The American colonists were infuriated at this new Act and it was pivotal in pushing forward greater hostility towards the British – states had even unified and sent in supplies; the Act had made the British hope that all of of the points of the legislation would leave Boston and New England at the disposal of British martial law but the plan had grossly misfired, instead.

The legislation had desired to secure order in Massachusetts once more and, for a start, it had also made it possible for British officials committing crimes to escape conviction and punishment – this was included in the fold, with the ‘Administration of Justice Act’. Apart from that, the ‘Boston Port Act’, which was also included in the fold, had shut down the port of Boston for as long as the Boston Tea Party had not made payment for the damages done. Also, another important act included in the fold of the Coercive Act, was the ‘Quartering Act’, which made it compulsory for the American colonists to accommodate British troops, on a needs-basis.

The African Future

Embed from Getty Images

Can Africa break free from its terrible past?

African history is largely a black chapter, with the presence of European colonialism thrown in for good measure. But this is primarily a recent development because as early as the sixties, very little was known about Africans in stark contrast to the European chapter in Africa. In fact, the 18th Century Scottish philosopher, David Hume ignorantly claimed that Africans weren’t known to demonstrate any special skills in any subject, which should be gifted praise, but modern Africa begs to differ.

In fact, the Atlantic slave trade had propelled great talents to travel away, because of the shackles, which slavery had placed on them, from their African lands to far away places, and nothing was done to fill this new vacuum in the homelands. The result of this was catastrophic for Africa because the social order faced a new kind of imbalance now, and it was powerless to protect itself from colonization.

Furthermore, when fellow African states, such as Benin, began to rise, the thirst for Europeans to have their own African slaves became almost unquenchable. The Kingdom of Dahomey, what is present-day Benin, used to act as a slave port, perhaps because many Africans born and brought up in that kingdom, were later traded off as slaves but later on the state shifted its focus to the trade of basic amenities, such as African palm oil.

In the West, not enough is known about Africa, save for it’s history chapters of slavery, wars of independence, new age political catastrophes, and Africa, as a continent, having states, which were colonized. But these are celebrated talking points enough, doused in praise and the hope of seeing much else, is next to nothing.

True, justice can never be done to modern Africa that way and African states do have many interesting sides, such as stories of aborigines and African culture but those should exist in the fabrics of the time that is spoken about regarding Africa, be it a time when states were colonized or the modern political developments, which aim to shape Africa as a continent. It can’t be separated as talking points, although certainly a greater body of work is necessary to be displayed for Africa.

With the advent of neo-colonialism, Africa is preparing for a future that alongside exploring modern developments, will also charter into a neo-liberalist form of westernized capitalism. European colonists were deeply interested in controlling new lands, never mind the structures built in those colonies were entirely empty – everything was a struggle of dominance of foreign power, instead of local power. And yet, no importance was attached to the idea of crafting beneficial ownership equations, which could greatly aide with lifting these ‘colonies’ of European powers out of poverty, and nurturing steady development or contributing to good nation building efforts.

The present is cutting through some of those mistakes in history: globalization, which is a recent invention, is pushing new-colonist thoughts into Africa. And as Africans continue to suffer, with no thoughts given whatsoever to the welfare of Africans (as well), their nations experience a new reality of privatization and trade, and this is happening with the rise of important markets.