Today is the 51st anniversary of the very first spraying of defoliants in Vietnam

August 10, 2012

“Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, an air base here is one of about two dozen former American sites that remain polluted with an especially toxic strain of dioxin, the chemical contaminant in Agent Orange that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

On Thursday, after years of rebuffing Vietnamese requests for assistance in a cleanup, the United States inaugurated its first major effort to address the environmental effects of the long war.”

To read the entire article in The New York Times click here.

Accomplished author, activist and Vietnam War scholar Fred Wilcox offers a full perspective on the issue with two books including a reissue of his critically acclaimed book on the effects of Agent Orange on Veterans, Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, and a new(er) book about its effects on the Vietnamese titled Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam (September 13, 2011).

Scorched Earth is the first book to chronicle the effects of chemical warfare on the Vietnamese people and their environment. Weaving first-person accounts with original research, Wilcox examines long-term consequences for future generations, laying bare the ongoing monumental tragedy in Vietnam, and calls for the United States government to finally admit its role in chemical warfare.

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