Anniversary of the US bringing Death – Agent Orange was used for the first time

Wednesday, 10 August, 2016 - 14:00

Today marks another shameful page in the history of the USA. Agent Orange has been used for a first time during the Vietnam War. The war was started as a an illegal intervention of the US into Vietnam. Agent Orange was a highly-toxic weapon of genocide which caused death and terrifying aftermath. Agent Orange was used for attacks on civilians and Vietcong.

Agent Orange was a powerful mixture of chemical defoliants used by U.S. military forces during the Vietnam War to eliminate forest cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, as well as crops that might be used to feed them. It was a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D.

The U.S. program of defoliation, codenamed Operation Ranch Hand, sprayed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land in Vietnam from 1961 to 1972. Agent Orange, which contained the chemical dioxin, was the most commonly used of the herbicide mixtures, and the most effective. It was later revealed to cause serious health issues–including tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms and cancer–among returning U.S. servicemen and their families as well as among the Vietnamese population.

Agent Orange was produced by the Infamous Monsanto corporation.

 

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