AGENT ORANGE – DIOXIN FORGOTTEN? MALFORMED CHILDERN AND CANCER PATIENTS REMEMBER!
EXAMPLE OF NO SHAME – NO SHAME BY U.S. CORPORATIONS – NO SHAME BY U.S. MILITARY – NO SHAME BY THOSE WHO FORGET INNOCENT VICTIMS (VIETNAMESE CHILDREN, CIVILIANS AND U.S. SOLDIERS) – that is the central point by the author of the cited articles.
PLEASE SEE AN ILLUSTRATION – http://www.pandorawordbox.com/image.php?image=013160006 (2017 September).
Extract – Starting in 1967, during the war in Viet Nam, in an effort to defoliate forests, the United States sprayed 5.1 million gallons of herbicides containing dioxin. Records from lawsuits indicate that “ … both the military and the chemical companies involved were well aware early on of the dangers of D … producers opted for maximum return … in–house memos indicated that a safer product could be made for a slight reduction in profits”. Reluctantly, 33 years later, the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) granted limited compensations and access to medical care to U.S. veterans. Official U.S. assistance to OR victims Viet Nam victims of OR remains virtually nil. The evidence is overwhelming that “birth defects rates in villages sprayed repeatedly are exceptionally high.”
Comment – Dioxin (D) is the main herbicide in “Agent Orange” (AO). D is a potent teratogen, mutagen and carcinogen. Indiscriminate spraying by the U.S. during the Vietnam Nam war, exposed large civilian populations as well as U.S. soldiers.to high levels of D. Persisted denials by U.S. Veterans Administration leaders of harm and late limited admissions of harm to health and reproductive anomalies and later reluctant limited admissions of such anomalies is a legacy of shame. Furthermore, the virtual official U.S. indifference to the persistent suffering of victims in Vietnam adds shame to this legacy.
(1) Viet Thanh Nguyen and Richard Hughes , New York International Times, September 19, 2017, p. 9.
(2) OR is a “tactical blend of herbicides”, mainly D. Spraying of OR was tested extensively in the area of the large Eglin Airforce Base site in West Florida adjoining Panama City and regions of southern Alabama.
(3) About D/OR – History and ongoing impacts.
(4) Health Impacts as per the World Health Organization, U.S. Academy of Sciences, CDC.
(5) Current Money-Politics.
Scott Pruitt (a prominent opponent of clean environment initiatives) was appointed by President Trump as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), – after a meeting with Dow Co., (Dow wrote a $1-million check to help underwrite the president’s inaugural festivities) Mr. Pruitt, with no explanations, reversed a planned ban of chlorpyrifos, a Dow Co. produced pesticide related to OR but more toxic. Mr. Pruitt ignored recommendations by EPA scientists as well as concerns by members of the American Academy of Pediatrics which represents 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric surgeons – the Academy is “deeply alarmed” by Pruitt’s decision to allow the pesticide’s continued use. EPA scientists determined that Ingestion of even minuscule amounts of this highly teratogenic chemical currently sprayed on food crops can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants.