(What responsibility does the US have toward Vietnamese who believe they've suffered
illnesses as a result of their exposure to the dioxin Agent Orange?)
The US bears a large responsibility for the illnesses suffered by the Vietnamese
as a result of exposure to the dioxin Agent Orange.
The United States of America is not any other ordinary country. In the eyes of the
American people and in the perception of the people of the world, the USA has been,
is and will be a superpower for quite some time in the future. The US government
considers itself a bastion of democracy and vigorously champions democratic change
and the rule of law in other countries around the globe.
The following quotations from US government leaders, during the period that Agent
Orange was widely used in Vietnam, underscore the reason why the US bears the responsibility
for its actions:
"Approximately 20 million gallons of herbicides were used in Vietnam between 1962
and 1971 to remove unwanted plant life and leaves which otherwise provided cover
for enemy forces during the Vietnam Conflict" -Department of Veterans Affairs website.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable"
-President John F. Kennedy, in a speech at the White House, 1962.
"The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure"
-President Lyndon B. Johnson.
"For the South Vietnamese, our precipitate withdrawal would inevitably allow the
Communists to repeat the massacres which followed their takeover in the North 15
years before" -President Richard M. Nixon.