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This statement suggests that television was an important reason why the United Stateslost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to L to support this interpretation?

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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 L to support this interpretation? There are many reasons why the United States lost the war and I think the media had a large part to play in it. The media weakened support for the troops by showing bad pictures of what was happening and I think that if people in the United States hadn't seen half the pictures they saw then I believe morale would have remained higher and given the United States a better chance of winning the war. To answer the question about whether TV was an important reason why the United States lost the war. I will look at each source in turn, explain them and state whether it is reliable and if it could have been a cause of why the United States lost the war. Source D is a North Vietnamese poster from the time showing the problems faced by the Americans fighting a guerrilla war. The source shows you that the United States had a very large problem fighting the war because they could not see who they were fighting and they were surrounded by the guerrillas. This shows two of the reasons why the Americans lost the war in Vietnam and is a reliable source for showing why America lost the war because I know from my own knowledge that the reasons shown in this source are correct because I know that the Vietnamese used guerrilla warfare and ambush tactics to fight the war. ...read more.

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This shows us that when the American soldier went to war the believed they were fighting for freedom and for their country but instead they were forced to kill innocent people. This lowered morale as they then realised that it wasn't a war for a cause. Source G is reliable as it came from an American soldier who served during the war at Vietnam, it is also useful because it shows how the Americans operated and what they did that people thought was wrong. This is a useful source for explaining why the Americans lost the war as the source would have been published and the Americans would have lost a huge amount of support for the unnecessary slaughter of these people. This would have lowered morale and left soldiers not wanting to fight or kill anymore. For example, Lt Calley was in charge at My Lai and he asked a soldier to "finish off' the dying people but the soldier refused, the soldier was then threatened with death and his response was to pullout his gun and say "Well I guess we're both going to die then!". This shows that the soldiers thought what they were told to do was wrong and they didn't want to fight a war without a cause. This source however does not show any information supporting the statement that television was an important reason why America lost the war. ...read more.

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Lack of morale Is another reason America lost the war, morale was low amongst the American soldiers because of the things they had to do, they were forced to murder innocent people. They thought they were going to fight for their freedom but felt like "Nazi's" because of what were actually doing. Lack of support also caused morale to lower. This lack of support was due to pictures of what was happening being shown on television, and from the information published in the media. Most of the publications promoted the anti-war movement, this increased the anti-war movement and lowered support for the war mission even more. I believe that America lost the war due to them not being very well trained or prepared to fight against the guerrilla tactics. I also believe that low support and low morale had a large part to play in the failure of the Americans in the war. The low more and lack of support was caused by what was seen in the media and on the television, linking television to the failure of the Americans in Vietnam. In conclusion television was an indirect cause of the failure of Americans in Vietnam and an indirect cause why the Americans lost the war. I do think that the sources show sufficient evidence to support the statement and that the media played a big part in lowering morale and support therefore making it a reason why the Americans lost the war. ...read more.

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