The Vietnam War is Not History for Victims of Agent Orange
Cohn, Marjorie; Moore, Jonathanhttp://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/11/the-vietnam-war-is-not-history-for-victims-of-agent-orange/
Date Written: 11/08/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21660
Nearly 58,000 Americans and 2 to 3 million Vietnamese, many of them civilians, were killed in the war. Untold numbers were wounded. Many US veterans of the war suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. More US Vietnam War vets have committed suicide than died in the war. However, those numbers do not begin to tell the complete story of the war.
Agent Orange/dioxin was an herbicidal chemical weapon manufactured by US chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto and sprayed by the US military from 1961 to 1971. Dioxin is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind.
Approximately 3 million Vietnamese and thousands of US and allied soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin.
The US government was aware that the use of poison as a weapon of war was forbidden by international law well before it authorized its use in Vietnam. In fact, the US government suppressed a 1965 report, called the Bionetics study, that showed dioxin caused many birth defects in experimental animals. It was not until the results of that study were leaked that the use of Agent Orange/dioxin was stopped.