|05:11 pm - I know I said I was away on hiatus...|
But...let's face it, so many days without my lj? i'd be dead XD and anyone who pays attention to some of the comms i'm on would know i haven't been completely away at all XDD But I did manage to read all the articles, so now I just need to write the essay and I've got a fairly good grasp now of the American policies towards the Vietnam war.
In other news, I've changed the layout of my lj to something a little more Christmasy although i'll probably change it again before xmas (did this layout in like, 15 minutes between readings >.<). I know, i know, x-mas in november?? But i went to Wal mart the other day for fabric and today i went to the mall for food, and we all know the malls are decorated already for the holiday season. Plus i was listening to x-mas songs (in japanese...they're so pretty even though i have no idea what they're singing, i caught words like yuki -> snow, and jingle bells...made me think of xmas XD).
This is always a really...messed up time of year for me and i think it is for a lot of other ppl too just because we're torn between wanting to join in the fray of mad shopping frenzy versus being disgusted by how commercialized everything is. i usually experience both when in shopping malls which makes for some interesting expressions on my face as we shop i've been told. It's also the time of year when money's the tightest (esp this year O_O) yet i always want to give more to charities and stuff like that which really really sucks as i have no money to do it. Like when I went to Wal Mart and i was shopping for "Operation Xmas Child" where u fill a shoe box with stuff for a child in a 3rd world country. At first I was like "man don't wanna do this..why couldn't i say no when that girl asked me if i wanted to??" and once i was in the store it was like, "i think the kid might like this and this and this and some of this and add in some of those, or maybe he/she'd like this better? and then grab one of these" =O_O= ne Umbrellaofdoom? you can verify for me XDDD sry u got dragged on that crazy trip. but yeah, now i'm broke(i've got 70 bucks in my bank account, 70!! to last me till dec. 22. and i don't think that covers even my visa bill for nov. even though nov. just started i think i already have 100 bucks or so on there >.< guess i'm asking mom to foot that bill for me *sigh*)
But I _do_ enjoying going window shopping at least or browsing with friends in malls just cuz it's so busy in there and all the xmas music and everything. makes me feel warm and fuzzy and just happy to live in awesome canada with awesome friends and, minus the whining over homework and school, having such an awesome life. So...yeah, i'd say expect more fussy entries like this in the next 2 months <.< ah now to get typing on that essay =^-^=
Prez. Johnson's reasons for going to war
- US credibility on the world stage as anti-communist and also the US's ability to defend its allies (do countries really have allies? like seriously) in the face of opposition
- His own reputation with the Americans as not "soft" on communism
- The fear that losing S. Viet. will signal a take-over of communism in all of south-eastern Asia
Why I think he made a mistake in sending troops to S. Viet.:
- It caused a split in the USA (riots, anti-war demonstrations)
- Billions of dollars spent and thousands of casualties
- Failure of Johnson's "Great Society" plan
- They didn't understand the history of the Viet war and instead saw it as a part of the Cold War US was having with Soviet
- Didn't understand and didn't care to understand the Viet. people
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