I think it goes against--these free fire zones and interdiction bombing, unobserved shelling of suspicious movement or of suspicious installations--does go against the principle that the effective way to deal with a guerrilla war is to win the allegiance of the people. I think this is a specific instance of what I meant that military measures in a successful counterguerrilla strategic concept must be subordinated to political measures, to winning the allegiance of the people.
I think it would be a mistake to think that the refugees come toward the Government side out of sympathy. I think many of them who have been bombed and shelled and leave their ancestral homes and villages for this reason come toward the Government side simply because the Vietcong do not bomb, and that they will not at least be bombed and shelled. I have greater worries that some of the refugee camps are rest areas for the Vietcong, precisely because of this.