Explain why opposition to the Vietnam War increased from 1967-1973?

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The anti-war movements and other types of opposition to the Vietnam War increased from 1967 to 1973 significantly due to numerous reasons. These reasons consist of the horrifying media coverage, student activism and veteran protests, the My Lai Massacre on March 16th 1968 and its court-martial trial held in November 1970 , the Tet Offensive and the type of war the American soldiers were experiencing in Vietnam. All these causes apply but some are more crucial then others due to the variety of information and impressions given from these reasons.

One of the most important reasons for the increase of opposition to the Vietnam War between 1967 and 1973 is the media coverage. This is due to the fact that it was the first time in history that the world but mostly America had colour televisions in their living rooms broadcasting all the images of the war. Since horrible news is always broadcasted because everyone wants to know what’s happening the videos, clips and images were mostly gruesome and terrifying.

For example the world press photo of 1972 was a picture of a napalm attack on a village that was innocent and it also demonstrates the effects of this horrible bomb because we see Phan Thi Kim Phuc running away and crying because her skin is burning off. Another good example would be the video clip of a street execution of a Vietcong suspect by the Saigon police chief in 1968. This clip was posted on the news and journalists were taken pictures and filming it whilst it was happening on the street. This of course persuades the American public to think what the soldiers in Vietnam are experiencing is horrific which unsurprisingly encourages the Americans to oppose against the war in order to reduce the amount of scandals, such...