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This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to K to support this information?

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Again, without the sources, this is difficult to understand, but you should get the gist of it. "The war on colour television screens in American living rooms has made America more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of combat will be there in close-up and colour, and the blood looks very red on the colour television screen" Statement made by a BBC commentator in 1970 This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the United States lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to K to support this information? There are many reasons why the Americans lost the Vietnam War, and one of the things that had most influence on the decision to withdraw from Vietnam was the change in attitude of the American people. So what changed their views, and was television the most important factor in this change? There are many ways in which the American people could have found out about the war; television, newspaper articles, and accounts from the soldiers that had been there all showed what was happening in Vietnam, and without this input, the people would not have been able to draw their own conclusions. ...read more.

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One of the things that made fighting the Vietnam War difficult were the guerrilla tactics used by the Vietcong forces. Sources D and F show these tactics, both from the American and Vietnamese points of view. Source D is a Vietnamese poster, showing American soldiers in Vietnam, unaware that they are surrounded by Vietcong fighters. Although the American significantly outnumber the Vietcong fighters, it is obvious that the Vietcong have a distinct advantage. This poster may have motivated Vietnamese soldiers, but was probably not one of the primary causes for the American withdrawal from Vietnam. However, the article describes the difficulties in fighting a guerrilla forces and illustrates the fact that civilians were being killed, and that leaving Vietnam was the only way that this could be stopped. Articles such as this may have played an important role in changing American public opinion, as they realised that the US forces had no way of defeating the North Vietnamese. Source G was written in 1968, only 23 years after the end of the Second World War. ...read more.

Conclusion

The train is producing a dark cloud of smoke, and the smoke represents the war in Vietnam. This may have made the people realise that the war was costing America large amounts financially as well as in human losses. Those in Britain seeing the cartoon may have interpreted it to mean that Johnson was so idealistically obsessed with winning the war that he was blind to what was happening in America. To conclude, television was not the most important factor in the loss of the Vietnam War, but did play an important part along with other sections of the media. The media was important as without this people would not have been aware of what was happening in Vietnam due to distance. However, if the Vietcong had not been defeating the Americans militarily with their guerrilla strategies, the American army would not have been required to use the extreme strategies that they did, leaving to the massacre of Vietnamese civilians. This was then highlighted by the world media, turning public opinion against the American, and in turn, this led to the American withdrawal from Vietnam. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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