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What was the American publics response to the Vietnam War?


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2009-11-01 12:43:41
2009-11-01 12:43:41

American opinion was shocked. Some couldn't believe it or thought that it was a Vietcong plot. Others were prepared to accept the killings and, to them, Lt. Calley was a hero. But the majority of Americans were horrified. it seemed that the inhumane behaviour of the US troops made them no better than the enemy - or the Nazis to whom they were compared to. This was one of the key events that helped to turn the tide of American opinion against the war. Lt. Calley was the only soldier to face charges for My Lai. In 1970, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. He was released in 1974, no one knows why...

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