However, the nature and conditions of their contact, that is as the war shifted from good to bad, changed how they viewed the Vietnamese. In Apocalypse Now, Born on the 4 th of July, and Forrest Gumthe soldiers also abuse alcohol after they have left the War in their attempts to come to grips with what happened to them in the Vietnam War.
At this stage of the war, Americans began to view all Vietnamese soldiers and civilians as the enemy and as racially inferior. The officials would censor negative events out of the report, thus shaping the truth about what was really happening in the War.
Since the Vietnam conflict made absolutely no sense politically, militarily or economically, the value of analysis must come on the individual level. From its covert beginnings, through the bloodiest, darkest days and finally to the bitter end, this ten-year period of American history is a national disgrace.
This unpredictable environment posed to be dangerous to the Americans because they were not accustomed to this type of battle. Photographers were very influential in forming, changing, and molding public opinion. What the people at home had learned and discovered about the war, they had seen mostly through the media.
They would fight for the freedom that America believed in, instead of letting communist-rule spread to Vietnam.