Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Agent orange is the outcome of the napalm used in the vietnam war. At first, the napalm was used to strip off the leaves of the trees, so the native soldiers had nowhere to hide. The government then decided that it was a better use for chemical warfare, and soldiers sprayed this napalm containing herbicides on crops and living areas. This chemical causes Agent orange, which is very toxic to humans and causes fatal and life altering birth defects. The worst part of this chemical warefare, is that even after the war is over, the vietnamese people are still afflicted with this horrible disease.
This disease also affected the US army as well, many recieved severe burns from the napalm. Also because the US soldiers were near the farms and areas that were burned, they inhaled the toxic fumes and had serious illnesses and diseases. The veterans sued the defoliant manufacturers and this was settled out of court in 1984 by the payment of $180 million.