So… America the great comes uninvited to Viet Nam, gets congressional approval to make war based on what is believed to be an outright lie (read the article in “more”), stumbles around for ten years fucking up everything in site, gets frustrated because it can’t win the war and decides to spray poison over every damn thing and then turn their collective backs on the people who were most affected.
Now, Judge Jack Weinstein has seen fit to dismiss the lawsuit by some Vietnamese victims of agent orange who were claiming compensation from 37 chemical companies. He ruled that at the times of spraying there was no ban (by the United States) on the use of toxic chemicals so therefore it was not illegal and therefore they have no case.
Where do the chemical companies themselves stand on this issue? What is their moral and ethical responsibility to the thousands of Vietnamese people who suffer massive deformities and continue to be born with these abnormalities because the toxin is now diffused so deep into the food chain here? The companies seem remarkably quiet on the issue and yet they have seen fit to pay out millions of dollars in compensation to American & Australian veterans who are suffering adverse effects from the defoliant.
I feel ashamed when I think that there are many students in Australia who are attending university on scholarships from money that went into the Vietnam Veterans trust fund after being handed over by the chemical companies. My shame stems from the simple fact that the case has already been proven. The Chemical companies have a moral obligation to do something to help the victims over here. But they are too scared because they know that for the next several hundred years or maybe longer there will be children born here who suffer deformities as a result of the dioxin residue that remains.
Money is the only moral they have. Profit is their only ethos.
I challenge any one of their executives to come to my house and walk a short 500 metres to the Hoa Binh peace village and spend half a day feeding children whose jaws are slack and the food dribbles out of their mouths or whose heads are swollen to twice their normal size or whose limbs are missing and deformed and twisted horribly. I wonder if profit would seem so important after that?