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Initial assessment of popular reactions in the provinces to the Viet Cong Tet Offensive
Date of Creation:
February 7, 1968
Date of Declassification:
February 22, 1991
Type of Document:
Intelligence information cable
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
5 p.
More conditioned to violence than the people of Saigon, the residents of some provincial cities knew that the Viet Cong (VC) could attack, but not hold, their cities. There was some condemnation of "overreaction" by the allied force, and the VC are more respected and feared by the populace for the nation-wide strength of the recent attacks. But all of this was overshadowed by a polarization of views that make the "middle of the road" untenable and strong support necessary for either the VC or the Government of Vietnam (GVN). The initial popular feeling is anti-VC and pro-GVN.
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