The Press: The Bombing Story

As New York Timesman Rusk destroyed the napalm myth, the London Economist just as effectively disposed of another anti-U.S. allegation: that U.S. bombers are indiscriminately killing South Vietnamese civilians. U.S. bombing policy, noted the Economist, is based on "two apparently contrary, yet complementary principles. In certain special zones or in areas where full-scale operations are being waged against the enemy, the bombing is devastating and relentless. But in areas which contain civilians, the most elaborate ground rules are in force to try to stop them from being hurt."

As an example, said the Economist, no air strike can be made unless...

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