Chemical Combat


(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.