Wednesday, September 11, 2013

COMMENTARY: The hypocrisy of the United States and the beating of war drums
Remember Agent Orange and Operation Ranch Hand? Between January 1965 and April 1970, the U.S. military deployed 11 million to 13 million gallons of “herbicides” over 4.5 million acres in Vietnam. According the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Agent Orange contained “minute traces” of 2,3,7,8-tetracholrodibenzo-p-dioxin, more commonly known as dioxin. Studies done on laboratory animals, dioxin has been shown to be highly toxic even in minute doses; human exposure to the chemical could be associated with serious health issues such as muscular dysfunction, inflammation, birth defects, nervous system disorders and even the development of various cancers.
Allegedly the whole point of Agent Orange was aimed at the destruction of the forest and jungle cover used by the North Vietnamese troops. U.S. aircraft sprayed this mixture around roads, rivers and military bases. They also hit the non-combatant South Vietnamese peasants and ruined their crops and water sources.

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