The chemical weapon sprayed during the U.S. government’s crimes of aggression against Vietnam destroys and deforms lives to this day.
Andrew Shapiro, U.S. assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, “said clean-up of contamination from the war-time herbicide Agent Orange is expected to start next year”, the AFP reported today.
The report adds the U.S. and Vietnam governments have been working on “preliminary measures to clean up potentially cancer-causing dioxin at Danang airport”, which is blamed for a”spate of birth deformities”.
Last December, Jason Grotto and Tim Jones wrote an illuminating five-part series at the Chicago Tribune on the continuing effects of Agent Orange on civilians and veterans to this day. It’s a must-read:
- Part I: For U.S., a Record of Neglect
- Part II: ‘Insult to Injury’
- Part III: Born Into Controversy
- Part IV: A Poison Still Potent
- Part V: Danger Not Averted
The mainpage for the “Watchdog” report has links to the photo gallery and a lot of videos.