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Gardens of Stone Francis Ford Coppolas Gardens of Stone provides three different perspectives on the Vietnam War There were young men such as the character Jackie Willow who believed that it was their duty to serve their country This soldier wanted to serve on the front lines because he believed that a soldier in the right place at the right time could make a difference Other characters in the film Sgt Clell Hazard and Sgt Major Goody Nelson argued a different position Although they did not seem to mind fighting for their country these men saw the Vietnam War as political and unnecessary Clell said that nobody hates this war more than those who have to fight it Journalist Samantha Davis played by Angelica Huston represents the majority of American citizens in the 1960s and 70s who opposed the war in every sense Public opinion in the US seemed to be that the war was a complete loss I have to agree Vietnam was never our war in the first place France wanted to maintain control of Vietnam as a colony but was surrounded by Vietnamese Nationalist troops which led to the Geneva Peace Accords The US believed that this actually granted too much power to the Communist Party of Vietnam Afraid of a Communist domino effect the US supported the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization of which a separate republic was formed in South Vietnam under the leadership of Ngo Dingh Diem Providing the help of military political and economic aid the US was now very much involved in this civil conflict Diem began imprisoning anyone who he believed supported Communist ideals Soon The Party began using force to try to overturn Diems corrupt rule Opposition in the South led to the forming of the National Liberation Front or the Viet Cong Vietnam was now in an all out civil war This was no business of
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