Vietnam demands Monsanto pay compensation to the victims of Agent Orange, which the company supplied to the US military during the Vietnam War, in response to Monsanto being ordered to pay $289 million to a man whose terminal cancer was linked to their products.
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union and China, while the South Vietnamese army was supported by the USA, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and France. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified.
Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million. Some 275,000–310,000 Cambodians, 20,000–62,000 Laotians and 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the bloody conflict, and a further 1,626 remain missing in action.
Agent Orange is an herbicide and defoliant chemical, one of the tactical use Rainbow Herbicides. It is widely known for its use by the US military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.
It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, traces of dioxin found in the mixture have caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed.
Up to four million people in Vietnam were exposed to the defoliant. The government of Vietnam says as many as 3 million people have suffered illnesses because of Agent Orange. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems as a result of Agent Orange contamination.
Agent Orange also caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam. Over 3,100,000 hectares of forest were defoliated. Defoliants eroded tree cover and seedling forest stock, making reforestation difficult in numerous areas. Animal species diversity sharply reduced in contrast with unsprayed areas.
Almost 25% of the Vietnam land, including wildlife have been contaminated by Agent Orange during the evil military horror show in the French Indo-China War.
Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, has to swallow the consequences of the humanitarian disgrace and compensate the collateral damage.
RT.com / Wikipedia Flash Point Humanitarian News 2018.