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Is the war in Afghanistan another Vietnam?

Is the war in Afghan another Vietnam?

posted Dec 3, 2010, 1:51 PM by Austin Anderson   [ updated Jan 1, 2011, 12:41 PM by Mister Parker ]

Well, I personally dont think its going to be another Vietnam. First and foremost, we Americans actually have legit reasons to be in Afghan unlike when we didn't in Vietnam. One reason we're in Afghan is because on 9/11. Another reeason I don't think Afghan is another Vietnam is cause of the troop lossage. What I mean is that in Vietnam we lost an estamated 58,000 troops and in Afghan we have lost around 3,00 troops (so far) My third reason I think that Afghan is not another Vietnam is that we have better weapons and machinery that will help us win this war. 
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There are distinct differences between the war in Vietnam and the conflict in Iraq

posted Dec 1, 2010, 4:42 PM by Unknown user

    I do not think that Afghanistan is another Vietnam incarnate. There is a large multitude of things that are different between these wars. People may believe that the wars are similar because they both had rough geography, insurgent groups, and long periods of time fighting. I disagree as there are good details separating the two from each other.

    For one thing, the environment in Afghanistan is far different in comparison to Vietnam. Vietnam plagued U.S. soldiers with dense jungles. It was hard to negotiate the terrain, let alone fight in it, and the Vietcong often had tunnels and spots in the trees to hide in. In Afghanistan, this is a different case. The terrain is mostly flat, and although there are many mountains, they aren’t as numerous as the snaking jungle was in Vietnam. The Taliban didn’t have as many places to hide as the Vietcong, meaning it narrowed down the amount of locations they had to go to locate the enemy.

    Another difference is that the battle itself is different. In Vietnam, the Vietcong were favored and supported by the people. They were fighting for Communism, which sounded nice to a lot of the poor fishermen and the farmers. In Afghanistan, the situation is far different. The Taliban is generally hated by the people. This is most likely because they are fighting for a fundamentalist government. The strict social and religious rules made many unpleasant restrictions unwelcome by the people. Finally, the casualties are very different. In the Vietnamese war, more than 50,000 U.S. military personnel died, whereas the casualty number in Afghanistan is under 2,000. In short, the Afghanistan war, in my opinion, is appearing to have better, beneficial results than the Vietnam War.

Afghanistan war another Vietnam? Or is it all it's own?

posted Dec 1, 2010, 4:37 PM by Lexie Pedia

   The Afghanistan war, is it the Vietnam war all over again? Nope. Although there are similarities there are more differences than anything. For example, amount of casualties and the cause of the war.
   In Vietnam the casualties was over 58,000 and that was only on are side there’s no telling how many died besides just us. While in the on-going war it’s only 1,025 on our side, while probably just a little bit more on the other side. Not to mention civilian casualties.
   The spark that sent us into war was the Tonkin Gulf incident. The Afghanistan war was 9/11. 9/11 was a very good reason to go into war the Tonkin Gulf incident was not.

    In the end, the two wars are just too different to be even close to the same. While they have lasted over nine years, and that it was fought on foreign ground those are about the only similarities. Plus, when have wars ever been alike anyway?

Is the Afghanisan War another Vietnam?

posted Dec 1, 2010, 3:58 PM by Elizabeth Savage

    I belive that the Afghanistan War is a fruietless war.We can't fix everyones probles.It's horriable what Alkida and Osama Bin Laden is and were doing but too many of our young soildiers of America are dying.
    My first piont is that we can't fix everyones probles.It is good that we have trained the cizilians how to defend for them selfs. However we can not change how they live. It is wrong to invade a country find nothing and stay for 10 years.
     I'm not saying that what Alkida have and are doing aren't wrong. We're being childish if this war or part of it is a revenge war for the Twin Towers, although that was devistateing.Although we have been in the country for 10 years! Although a smart thing to do would proboly be to have secrete agents in the country. Alkida members aren't going to stop hiding untill there aren't soilders walking the streets. The longer we're publicly seen there the longer they'll hide.
    Finnaly, too many of our young men and women are dying in this war.We need those people to be the buyers and sellers of the country, we shouldn't waste lives on a war we will gain nothing but revenge on. Even with the stress of the economy on top of the death of sons and daughters won't help the mothers and fathers of our country be productive either.
    A hidden Bin Ladden, 10 years of war, and our soilders dying on top of that it's a country half way across the world adds up to a fruietless war to me.The reasons I have listed above are why I belive that the Afghanistan war is a fruietless war and in essence, another Vietnam.

The War of Afghanistan vs. the Vietnam War

posted Dec 1, 2010, 3:39 PM by Rebecca Pedia

Yes. In my own opinion , the War of Afghanistan is very similar to the Vietnam War. The length, terrain, strategy, and those who are involved.

I believe that the war of Afghanistan will turn out to be like the Vietnam war. There are many similarities between the two wars. The war of Afghanistan is lasting 9 years and the Vietnam war lasted 11.  Also, another reason would be the USA was involved in both wars. They fought on foreign soil. In the middle east .   But that’s a bad disadvantage because were not familiar with the area. The terrain is tough, treterous, and very very hard to fight on.

  Many people died in both wars. Yes, in the Vietnam war way more died but the war of Afghanistan still has many years to come.  No one knows when the war is going to end. But hopefully there will be some time of solution soon so that we can bring our troops home.

The war in Afghanistan WILL be another Vietnam War.

posted Dec 1, 2010, 2:49 PM by Max Pedia   [ updated Dec 3, 2010, 2:55 PM ]

I think the war in Afghanistan is another Vietnam.  I think this because there are many similarities.  There are also several differences, but there are not as many differences as there are similarities.  The paragraphs below explain how the war in Afghanistan is like another Vietnam.  Read on to learn more.

 One of the many similarities is that the Vietnam War when on for a very long time.  Since the war in Afghanistan started it has been nine years.  Since the Vietnam War lasted twelve years the war in Afghanistan may very well become just as long.  Second in both wars the USA fought against poor and rural areas.  We have also had more advanced technology than the opposition in both of the wars.  Third of all the US fought (is fighting) on foreign territory, meaning that we have the disadvantage of not knowing the land we are fighting on.

 These are all reasons of how the war in Afghanistan may very well become another Vietnam War.  These have only been some of the similarities and there are still many more.  This is why I believe that the war n Afghanistan may become another Vietnam War.

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YES, I Think the Afghanistan war is another Vietnam

posted Dec 1, 2010, 2:48 PM by Tyler Pedia

    I think the Afghanistan waar is another Vietnam. They are so alike. Here are some reasons why. Vietnam is the longest war in U.S. history and it's the only we have lost the Afghanistan has almost lasted as long as the Vietnam war.
    Despite the how long the wars have lasted the deaths to american soilders is much less in Afghanistan. There were around 848 U.S. military casualties in afghanistan while there were 58,000 U.S. casualties in Vietnam. As well there was a good reason for going into Afghanistan which would be 9/11 while there was no GOOd reason for the spark of the vietnam.
    These are all the reasons for why I think Afghanistan war is another Vietnam. Because of how long our troops have been in Afghanistan, the amount of deaths to soilders, and because of the reason for the war.

The Afganistan war will not be another Vietnam

posted Dec 1, 2010, 2:38 PM by Logan Pedia

To me i think that the Afghanistan war is not another Vietnam war. We acutely have a purpose in Afghanistan

At the beginning Vietnam war the Vietnamese attacked a us ship (a.k.a. the tonkin gulf incident) giving us a weak accuse to attack first we bombed them but the bombs didn't just kill soldiers the bombs killed innocent civilians too, secondly the Vietnam war has over 58,000 us casualties. In the Afghanistan war the starting event was 9/11 giving us a perfect reason to attack.  In the Afghanistan war there were +848 us casualties .

To recap in my opinion the Afghanistan war will not be another Vietnam because there was a purpose in Afghanistan.


Of Coarse It Is!

posted Dec 1, 2010, 2:08 PM by Brianne Pedia   [ updated Jan 1, 2011, 12:48 PM by Mister Parker ]

    I agree that Afghanistain is another Vietnam. I feel that way, because there are so many things in common with the two. First, both of them have a very tough terrain to fight on. Also, both have lasted for a long time, and this war dosen't look like it is going to end anytime soon. Many people will have died in both, but the weird thing is both of these have been in the middle east. This war is one that the USA will probally lose and things will get worse. Both of these wars are very dangerous for both countrys and I say we should just get out of there. This isn't worth killing all these people. This is a war that will most likly end in the same way. If it does then that will devestate many people, but if i t dosen't so many people will be overjoyed. I hope we can be happy. This war is defianatly another Vietnam.

The war in Afghanistan is going to be Vietnam all over again, right? WRONG!

posted Dec 1, 2010, 1:54 PM by Karl Pedia

    So, the question, "Is the Afghani war another Vietnam?" A lot of people say yes, but others say no, and I am on the side of "no". Sure, there are some things that are similar, like the difficult terrain, but almost everything else is different.
    First of all, there's the deaths. In Vietnam, more than 58,000 soldiers were killed. In Afghanistan, only 1,025, almost 57,000 less! Also, we actually have, what I call anyway, a viable reason for attacking Afghanistan, which was 9/11. However, in Vietnam, we only went across the Pacific because we lost only 1 battleship in the Gulf of Tonkin.
    Now here, people on the other side might be throwing objections at me, and yes there are similarities between the two. For instance, there is the rough going in the rough terrain, and also the length. But really, to me, that's it, and because of these two very small similarities, I am on the "con" side of this.

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