Thursday, July 10, 2008

Orange

"In 1982, the U.S. air force began studying Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. In 1997, the U.S. air force conducted physical examinations of 2,300 Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange." (Thanks Toufic)

1 comment:

Leila said...

In 1996 a friend of mine, father of two young children, was told that what he thought was bronchitis was a virulent lung cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure during his tour of Vietnam 30 years earlier. He was dead in three weeks, leaving a widow and two children under eleven. The government had been resisting giving him a disability pension for years over an ear injury he'd sustained in combat, but as soon as they heard his lung diagnosis they began throwing money at him. (He was in the Marines). They knew that his cancer was Agent Orange related and they knew he was doomed. The next year another friend's ex-husband, about the same age, died in the same manner, leaving a teenaged son. Etc. etc. The US government has known all about this stuff forever.

I don't even want to think about all the Agent Orange Israel dumped on Lebanon...