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    NEWSPAPER REPORTS THIS WEEK OF THE ALLEGED MASSACRE OF WOMEN, CHILDREN AND OLD MEN BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE TOTAL INFLUENCE OF THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY.

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    Background: NEWSPAPER REPORTS THIS WEEK OF THE ALLEGED MASSACRE OF WOMEN, CHILDREN AND OLD MEN BY AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE TOTAL INFLUENCE OF THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN THE COUNTRY. THE DISCLOSURES OF THIS WEEK HAVE BURNED DEEP INTO THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE.

    THE TRADITIONAL ARGUMENTS HAVE BEEN REVIVED: OPPONENTS OF THE WAR SEE THE AMERICANS AS TRESPASSERS, BURNERS OF VILLAGES AND DESECRATORS OF A NATIONAL IDENTITY. VIETNAM, ACCORDING TO THE ANTI-WAR PERSUASION, IS A COUNTRY DEBASED AND DEMORALISED BY THE POLITICAL INTERFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES.

    DEFENDANTS OF THE AMERICAN ROLE POINT TO THE GOOD WORKS DONE BY AMERICAN MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL IN THE COUNTRY. MEDICAL CARE IS ONE EXAMPLE. DISEASES THAT HAVE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH WAR HAVE BEEN CURED ON A MASS?? SCALE BY ORGANISED AMERICAN TREATMENT.

    THE REPORTS OF ATROCITIES HAVE ALSO THROWN INTO RELIEF THE DIRECTION THE WAR HAS TAKEN SINCE ITS EARLY YEARS. IN 1962,1963,1964, THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH WAS STILL PSYCHOLOGICALLY BASED. LATER, AS THE CONFLICT MOVED ONTO A MILITARY FOOTING THE AFRICAN IMAGE SUFFERED. AS ADVISORS TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY, THE AMERICANS WERE AT PAINS TO BEFRIEND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM. WITH LESS EMPHASIS ON MILITARY GOALS, AMERICAN TROOPS COULD DEVOTE MORE TIME TO A PROGRAMME OF SELF-HELP FOR THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE.

    BUT THE WAR, BY ITS VERY NATURE, HAS ALWAYS LED TO EXTREME ON BOTH SIDES. THE VIET CONG, FIGHTING WITH GUERRILLA TACTICS, AND THE AMERICAN AND HIS ALLIED FORCES PURSUING A "SEARCH AND DESTROY" POLICY, HAVE FAILED TO ESTABLISH THE NORMALLY RHYTHMIC INTERCHANGE OF TRADITIONAL WARFARE.

    THE INCIDENT EARLIER THIS YEAR INVOLVING THE GREEN BERETS, THE CRACK UNITED STATES COMMANDO FORCE, SPOTLIGHTED THE NEW CRISIS IN VIETNAM. TAKEN WITH THE RECENT ATROCITY ALLEGATIONS, THE SUGGESTIONS IS THAT AMERICAN SOLDIERS HAVE BECOME TOO WAR-HARDENED, THAT IDEOLOGICAL ENDS HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED TO SATISFY IMMEDIATE MILITARY OBJECTIVES. SOLDIERS BASED IN VIETNAM HAVE BEEN TRAPPED BETWEEN THE NEED TO FIGHT A WAR AND THE MORE PRESSING NEED TO SATISFY AN IMPATIENT PUBLIC AT HOME.

    CAPTAIN ROBERT MARASCO, ONE OF THE EIGHT GREEN BERETS ACQUITTED ON A CHARGE OF MURDER, DEFENDED HIS ACTIONS IN THESE WORDS: (INCOMPLETE)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5ZI0SDHLOPEWKADYSSQ8MHXXY
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ZI0SDHLOPEWKADYSSQ8MHXXY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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