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Vietnam / Bombing #465207

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 21, 1972
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(Studio) Pentagon refutes charges that American planes are bombing dikes in North Vietnam.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Man Ha, North Vietnam) Rice is North Vietnam's most important crop. Most is grown in fertile Red River Delta. Majority of nation's. population lives here. Widespread network of irrigation canals, dams, locks, and dikes covers area. It provides rice fields with water, even during dry season, and protects lowlands against floods, in rainy season. Village officials say dike attacked by American bombers on June 18. Bomb craters on dike shown. Repair work underway.
REPORTER: Erik Eriksson {Swedish TV}

(Studio) North Vietnam refuse NBC news team admission to country. Eriksson reports raise questions. He was shown what North Vietnam wanted him to see, but extensive damage to civilian areas were filmed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pentagon) Pentagon officials don't dismiss Eriksson report as pure propaganda. They say, however, American pilots are assigned only military targets. They think it a gross distortion to compare bombing of North Vietnam with W.W. II when cities deliberately wiped out (Rotterdam, Dresden, Hiroshima). North Vietnam air defense located in population ctrs. near military targets. US planes go after missile and gun sites before they attack aircraft. Some stray bombs may hit villages. American planes also tune in on radar signals to knock out installations. If radar is turned off after bomb dropped, it goes wildly astray. Deny Eriksson report Phuc Loc was bombed.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski

Chancellor, John;
Goralski, Robert;
Eriksson, Erik

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