Outreage and Relief
The bombing stirred mixed hut predominantly critical reactions in the U.S. and round the world. Most of America's European allies were officially silent. The themes of world, reaction ranged from outrage, to a more moderate sadness, to a kind of unenthusiastic sympathy for the President's implacable line. Only on Taiwan and in Saigon were the raids greeted with almost unmitigated satisfaction. Then, with the bombing halt, came expressions of relief and hope mixed with recrimination. A sampling of reactions:
BEFORE THE BOMBING HALT
The Times of London: "He [Nixon] ordered the most pulverising saturation bombing against the wretched Vietnamese people which...