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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The lethbrtdge Herald Fifth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 13, 1972 Pages 49 64 American bombings sighted in survey North Vietnamese morale bolstered MITE WITH to feed a baby has doubled its APPETITE Mrs. Suzanne Poelgeest of Surrey, B.C., uses an eyedropper field mouse found by her daughter. With three meals a day, the mouse size and sprouted a luxuriant growth of whiskers. Us diet is diluted milk. By ORR KELLY Washington Star-News WASHINGTON The Am- rican bombing of North Viet- am between 1965 and 1968 greatly bolstered the people's morale in the North, intensified heir support for their govern- ment and caused hatred of Am- ericans, according to interviews conducted by t h e Rand Cor- poration for the United States Sovernment. In 1968 Hand interviewed 109 North Vietnamese soldiers who ivad surrendered or been cap- .ured, other persons in Vietnam between 1964 and 1968 as part of an American effort to learn more about the Viel- cong and the North Vietnamese The questionnaire recording the views of the 109 North Viet namese in effect, a publii opinion survey of enemy reac tion to the bombing contains multiple choice answers to 2 questions. Unlike most of the other interviews, no spontane- ous responses were recorded Of those interviewed, 85 were prisoners of war and 24 wer men who had surrendered o "rallied" to the South Viet namese government. The interviews tend lo bear out the critics of the bombin who argue that it helps stifle the resistance of the North Viet namese. The responses of those inte viewed, however, make it les clear whether the bombing ight have been justified for lilitary reasons despite its ef- ect on morale. While the interviews covered ie period of the earlier Boiling h u n d e r bombing campaign aged during the Johnson ad- [unistration, .the opinions about he effect of the bombing seem be consistent with the reports f people such as former attor- ey general Ramsey Clark have visited North Viet- am during the current line- acker bombing effort. In many cases, the multiple hoice answers on the question- aire were worded so more than one response was appro- priate. Thus, statistically the answers frequently add up to lore than the 109 interviewed. To the key question on mo- rale, 66 said morale had been extremely high since the bomb- ing started and 84 said morale liad been at least somewhat tiigher. Only 21 thought morale had remained unchanged or had declined. Similarly, 92 said support for the North Vietnamese govern- ment had grown stronger since tlie bombing began and only 17 thought it had been weakened. Eighty-eight said the bomb- ing had made them hate the Americans and only 15 said it lad not. Eight-one said the xmibing had made many or all of the people hate the Ameri- ans. The effect of the bombing on North Vietnamese support for their government was reflected in response to this question: "Does the bombing have any influence on your feelings toward the government and leaders of North Nineteen said the bombing made them hate their leaders or feel bitter towar. them. On the other hand, 71 said it had made their support for the gov- ernment stronger and a clear majority said "it made my sup- port very much stronger." The responses to two other questions showed how much jeople in the north were com- mitted to their government and prepared to endure continued Iwmbtag. "In the present situation, how much longer mil the people In North Vietnam continue to sup- port the Northern government and its policies" By far the largest number 71 re- sponded: "Forever, if neces- sary." 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