How Useful are sources A to C to explain why the United States became involved in the war in Vietnam

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Did the power of television force the United States to leave Vietnam?

Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to L to support this interpretation?

By: Reem Berhane

        Firstly, not all the sources D to L include sufficient evidence to support the interpretation; did the power of television force the United States to leave Vietnam. Also, all the sources are quite biased, and only show one point of view.

        Source D, is a North Vietnamese poster from the time showing the problems faced by the Americans fighting a guerrilla war. It shows the American troops, not knowing what they’re doing in Vietnam. Also, don’t know they’re being watched. The Vietcong knew their jungle, very well, as they used guerrilla tactics [booby traps]. The Vietcong, tactic of attrition [kill as many Americans as possible [until surrender], was demoralising the US soldiers. The American tactics search & destroy; [operation rolling thunder-strategic hamlets] did not work as the Vietnamese civilians hated them even more and became Vietcong.

        The intended audience for this poster were the Vietcong and the innocent civilians, as they have no uniform like the NVA.

        This is a biased source because, it’s a North Vietnamese cartoon poster showing the US, troops as if they don’t have a clue what they’re doing, and because they don’t know they’re being watched.

        This source has its limitations because it’s a cartoon poster so it won’t be shown on TV; not everyone will see this. The intended audience are the North Vietnamese, so it won’t be seen by the American public.

        Source E, is a photograph of napalm victims, published during the Vietnam War. The picture shows napalm victims running for help.

        This made Americans hate Vietnam Veterans and ask for withdrawal of American soldiers. This picture could also have been used as propaganda statement showing US soldiers standing by as children suffer pain of napalm.

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        This source does have its limitations also, because it is only a snapshot of one moment. Also, it was possible the US soldiers did give help medically. This was seen by U.S. public, who were horrified & didn’t want to be part of the US.

        This source is quite biased because it only shows U.S. attack victims and also there’s no sign of communist atrocities.

        Source F, is the American view of the difficulties of fighting guerrillas. It was written by an American journalist, Richard Hamer in 1970.

        The intended audience was the U.S. public. This source is anti-war; ‘The ...

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