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Agent Orange (Vietnam War)

Agent orange is a herbicide or defoliant. It was used by the U.S. military in an


attempt to inact a scorched earth policy. Such policy dictates that, to stop an
occupying force from feeding of local resources, the given resources must be
destroyed. The form used by the U.S. was herbicidal warfare.
The U.S. military used a chemical called Agent Orange which is a mix of 2,4,5 T
and 2,4 D.
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These chemicals are known to trigger the creations/absorption of dioxins in


plants. Such dioxins normally kill the plant. In tropical climates, such as Vietnam,
conditions were right for the infected plants to survive until the annual harvest.
The heavy carcinogens, which are known to increase the risk of cancer by 170%,
were eaten by the local Vietnamese populations, which affected 4 million people,
3 million of which were disabled because of it, an estimated 150,000 babies died
early or were still born due to defects caused by the deadly herbicide.
The herbicide also had long lasting effects, in the 4 million affected there was a
40% rise in genetic defects and diseases which will continue to affect the
Vietnamese people for a long time to come.
The U.S. army did this in an attempt to
discourage local support for the
guerrilla warfare which occurred in the
rural towns of Vietnam.
After the war had ended the U.S. army
admitted that the spraying of the
herbicides was a serious war crime and
in 2012 on the 9th of august they
started the first U.S. Vietnamese
coalition clean up operation to help
remove the agent from the local ecosystem which it had so widely affected.
The U.S. Militarys operation Ranch Hand, the operation which was responsible
for the spraying, was swiftly buried by the U.S. military after the war, and the
details of its effects have only been recently discovered by revelations in the

wiki-leaks documents.