martedì 18 novembre 2014
From the very beginning of its story, the U.S. has always been an economic and military world leader. It came out victorious from WWI and WWII, restating its superior technology power using the nuclear bomb against Japan. After this events they seemed the uncontested owner of the world, and they were behaving as nobody was able to stop them. By the way, during the 50s, the 60s and 70s, the U.S. receives important unsuccessfull war campaigns, like the one of Korea, Vietnam, and the failed invasion of Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. This events clearly show that in reality, even the most advanced army in the world can be beaten by a well organized, but smaller army that fights for a meaniningful target. This unsuccessful campaigns mined the American citizens' pride, convincing them that in reality, the wars that they were fighting weren't just to protect the world's peace, as the giant propaganda wanted by the presidents was saying, but in reality were just to protect the nation's own interests. The May Lai massacre and the Kent State events made the Americans pass from the character of the "good guys", to the one of the "bad guys", that, exactly as the Soviets were doing, were trying to build puppet goverments which were on the direct control of Washington.