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Generation Orange: 40 Years On

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401378/Agent-Orange-Vietnamese-children-suffering-effects-herbicide-sprayed-US-Army-40-years-ago.html

They were born decades after American forces had sprayed the herbicide dioxin Agent Orange in South Vietnam, but some children living in the region today continue to suffer from the dreadful effects of the chemical.

New York City-based photographer Brian Dricscoll traveled to Vietnam to document the everyday struggles of third generation Agent Orange victims battling dozens of serious ailments, physical deformities and mental disorders.

Driscoll was inspired to take up this difficult topic by his uncle, a Vietnam War veteran who may have been one of estimated 2.6 million U.S. soldiers believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange in the 1960s.

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The U.S. government, however, has dismissed these figures as unreliable and inflated.

Among the illnesses contracted by people exposed to the dioxin are non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, several types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, soft tissue sarcoma, birth defects in children, spina bifida and reproductive abnormalities, to name a few.

Earlier this month, the Association for Victims of Agent Orange in Ho Chi Minh City has filed its fourth lawsuit against American chemical companies that produced Agent Orange.

And the worlds "richest" nation just walked away.

Luckily the US govt isn't in the business of producing unreliable and inflated figures, or suggesting countries have weapons of mass destruction when there are none.

The US should clean up this mess as well as deal with all the unexploded bombs it dropped.

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Well at least Florida fish farmers, and allied trades, are getting $40bn, or whatever the figure winds up as, from 'British Petroleum' (as that US politician kept describing them as).

So there's some justice in the world.

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And then you have the Bhopal Disaster caused by Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemicals.

Not sure that was ever sorted out either.

The Union Carbide top man is wanted for trial in India; the US refuses to extradite him, even though there is a treaty with India.

The US was a lot quicker to demand that BP answered to the Gulf oil disaster.

Most of the Bophal compensation went to American amulance-chasing lawyers who went over to Bhopal within days of the disaster.

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The next one coming is closer to home in the US, the large scale poisoning of its aquifers via fracking.

It will be Love canal, Picher or Hinkley mark II except on a much larger scale!.

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The next one coming is closer to home in the US, the large scale poisoning of its aquifers via fracking.

It will be Love canal, Picher or Hinkley mark II except on a much larger scale!.

The rich have been buying up water resources in the US. Fracking destroys the water resources of millions thus allowing the rich to charge them more for water. Unbridled Capitalism is evil.

None of us are perfect. I am not. But I hope there is some universal justice in some after life for us all. The super rich clearly lack empathy and are driven by a seflish need for more and more wealth no matter who they destroy along the way.

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And then you have the Bhopal Disaster caused by Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemicals.

Not sure that was ever sorted out either.

It wasn't. But it's not quite so topical as a sustained campaign of chemical weapons use.

If the world had a sense of proportion, Bhopal would be THE industrial disaster of the era, and that comparatively tiny little accident at Chernobyl would've faded into history.

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Unbridled Capitalism is evil.

Unbridled capitalism is morally neutral. I think your point is that it permits and arguably even supports a lot of evil.

As does any system that allows freedom to people. Whatever system we adopt must include a tradeoff between freedom to do evil and prevention of evil. The best we can hope to do is to limit the rewards for evil, but often the public don't like that.

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