The sudden surge in United States bombing raids on North Vietnam has stimulated little domestic protest.
GV & SV Anti-war demonstrators with banners outside Federal building in Chicago (2 shots)
WASHINGTON SCU with caption - Mrs. Knapp, husband missing 5 years
IN: "It was the..."
CU Mrs. Irsch, husband missing 5 years
IN: "I am not....."
OUT: "...blame too"
CU Mrs. Estes, brother missing 3 years
REPORTER IN: "Do you feel...."
MRS KNAPP: (HUSBAND MISSING FIVE YEARS) "It was the one Christmas which we had real hope that we would have some of our men return, and that the accounting of the missing..and the others would return hopefully by next March at the latest. And now these hopes seem to have disappeared and we are very, very disappointed".
MRS IRSCH: (HUSBAND MISSING FIVE YEARS) I'm not bitter towards any individual and I'm not bitter towards any one nation, but I can't blame, I personally could not put all the blame on North Vietnam. I think that we have to share some of the blame too".
REPORTER: "Do you ??? that the very heavy bombing of the last couple of days may lead the way to persuade North Vietnam to settle up?"
MRS ESTES: (BROTHER MISSING THREE YEARS) I feel that it was a good move because we didn't sit quietly by when North Vietnam decided they didn't want to talk to us. We did something and because of that I'm delighted."
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This film from the National Broadcasting Company of America includes three interviews:
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Background: The sudden surge in United States bombing raids on North Vietnam has stimulated little domestic protest. An anti-war demonstration in Chicago, of example, attracted only 35 protesters -- and most passers-by seemed more pre-occupied with final Christmas shopping than with what was happening in Indo-China.
The wives and relations of American prisoners of war in North Vietnam however, are disappointed that peace now seems farther away. But some of those interviewed in Washington reacted with the open that the bombing would bring nearer the day when the prisoners are released.
SYNOPSIS: A few anti-war demonstrations picketed a government building in Chicago as bombing raids on North Vietnam were stepped-up. But passers-by were more interested in their Christmas shopping, and Americans generally seemed unmoved. The exceptions were those with relatives in Hanoi prisons.