Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

17 August 2009

No surprise, chemical companies and US authorities knew dangers of Agent Orange

August 10, 2009 was the first Orange Day organised in Vietnam. It comes as no surprise to read that not only the chemical companies, but also the US authorities, were aware of the potential impact of spraying Agent Orange on vast tracts of Vietnamese jungle in the late 1960s.

Yet they went ahead and did it anyway.

Also of significance is the news that a small percentage of Vietnam vets in the US have managed to get compensation from the chemical companies over the years, but very few Vietnamese victims have been successful.

There's some excellent material by Jon Dillingham and others on the international journal of socialist renewal website and the Thanh Nien website. The latter is the flagship publication of the Vietnam National Youth Federation.

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