nUkiEmOLe iNf0 #5/ 17 May 2015
the wArs are not O-V-E-R and will those ever-End?
Let’s talk about how lameo’d the people of the olde-Republic are, today. There are wars one and all, since1950, and neither one let all have ever been ended. There are calls for reparations from how many, butt-holds? What are reparations, and why does the US-plutocracy put-down the United nations, when peace might be better assurance was that little “assured”. How weak the pensive Oligarchs/elites really are. However, the new-Fook Rome is UN-justly for us, that ascertainable reproof is why-should-we-pay-for ”illegal and decadent murderous wars-Warring”?
dRone-Weddings anyone? How do those stats go again? Why has the u.s.a. allowed the military and hegemony to burgeon, leaving us to face a pervasive “new-Rome” asshole burgeoning, hob-Goblin—the melted one? Do I not need “hot-water” in my cold-water ‘cabin’?
“…took veteran advocates, their lawyers and concerned scientists decades of confronting inept and corrupt government health studies to overcome expedient myths and achieve this governmental acknowledgement of the human health harm of Agent Orange. Vietnam veterans continue to eke out needed health serv-ices from a reluctant government, which still contends that it used the deadly chemicals to protect the soldiers and refuses to accept any responsibility for multi-generations of Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.
This is a war that will not end; and a veterans’ web site proposes, “its victims names could be added to the black granite wall of the Vietnam memorial, casualties of the rainbow herbicides that followed them home from war.” In 1984, Vietnam veterans won a $180 million settlement against manufacturers of Agent Orange, including Dow Chemical and Monsanto, a settlement that, in reality, provided little compensation per veteran (an average of $1,200 for the most affected). Other US veterans and veterans in Australia, Canada and New Zealand have also received compensation in settlements with the manufacturers. In all cases, the manufactur-ers settled without admission of liability. Since the 1984 settlement, the Agent Orange manufacturers have argued successfully they are exempt from legal action— whether that of US veterans or Vietnamese victims — under laws that pro-tect government contractors.
The war also persists in the dioxin residues accumulated in the Vietnamese en-vironment and food chain and in the pollution of millions of human bodies, by now transmitted to three generations of Vietnamese. On January 31, 2004, The Vietnam-ese Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), a victims’ rights group, filed a lawsuit in US district court against several US manufacturers of Agent Orange. The lawsuit alleged that the United States conducted chemical warfare against the Vietnamese and violated the 1925 Geneva Convention banning biological and toxin weapons warfare. It sought restitution for the victims and the cleanup of chemical hotspots that remain from the war. The lawsuit was dismissed in district court, in appeals court and recently by the US Supreme Court.
Up to three million Vietnamese have suffered health-related problems from exposure to Agent Orange, according to the Vietnam Red Cross. Despite irrefutable science on the harm of dioxin exposure and evidence of exposure, the Vietnamese victims have received nothing by way of compensation, cleanup or services from the US government or Agent Orange manufacturers. That is, until 2007 when the US Congress appropriated $9 million for cleanup of contaminated sites and health-related activities. In 2011, USAID joined the Vietnamese government in the first phase of a $32 million dioxin-contaminated soil removal program at a former US air base in Danang, prompted by findings of a pivotal 2009 Canadian/Vietnamese study on patterns of dioxin contamination.
When the US fled Vietnam, it left behind its military waste. Toxic waste sites —which would qualify as highest ranking Superfund sites — remain around the for-mer US airbases, among them Danang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat, where Agent Orange was sprayed, stored, loaded into spraying equipment and planes and spilled. The 2009 Canadian/Vietnamese study documented the dioxin contamination pattern from Agent Orange on former US bases, the resulting food chain accumulation and the consequent contamination of human blood and breast milk in Vietnamese living on the former bases. The study found that spills on former airbases persist as “hot spots” of dioxin contamination when compared to jungle areas that were sprayed. Migration of dioxin through the food chain, especially in fish and duck fat, have resulted in very high levels in humans who are living and raising their food on the former bases. Levels of dioxin in breast milk of women living on these bases exceed World Health Organization standards for breastfeeding infants.
The research team called for the United States to take responsibility for a mitiga-tion and remediation plan, working with the Vietnamese government to:
• identify all former US air bases where Agent Orange was stored and handled;
• close the fish ponds on the former bases;
• develop health advisories and educational materials on dioxin contamina-tion of the food chain; and
• develop a remediation plan for contaminated soil.
The 2011 USAID soil removal program at Danang is a start, on one of many com-parable sites poisoning Vietnam ecosystems and people. However, weighing the $32 million military site cleanup against the estimated cost of $300 million for a proper site cleanup and health care services for the injured and ill, or the $2 million per day air war the US is waging in Libya, suggests that this rare and very overdue cleanup, from the most massive chemical warfare campaign in history, is but a few copper pennies from the military’s vast coffers. In her October 2010 visit to Vietnam, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the joint USAID-Vietnam dioxin remedia-tion project while she also chided the Vietnamese government for their human rights violations in jailing activists and censoring the Internet…”
Fact is I am quite disgruntled w my high-school, college, gRad-Schools classmates be-ing that we are “all” boomer-Generation. You, not I may think/feel that “military-Hegemo-ny is good for you” but then that doe mean you support the new-Rome over and above the US-constitution. You may feel that because propaganda wheel is usury to the law and not a wheel-of-progress, but one of programmed-Sheeples that-your-life-is-not-better. My concern is the retributions and reparations are imbalanced, and no public-discussion on that stat, does not mean but rather ‘demeans’ the interconnected is inconsistent w propri-ety for peace and Ecology: harmonies. Allowing that you read at least two books per year, you ought be behind by 100-years also does not make tangible the reprise for factual-History w.o. histrionics.
Maybe women should get rid their “tits” and remonstrate the breasts “once-Was” a facet of the meaningful lacking wars-Accolade for birthing?
Are you not eating ”hormone-fRee: chicken”? are you not using non-Chlorinated tissue? Are you glad the atmosphere over the planet is being contaminated almost daily by chemicals and strontium-90, almost daily? Why are wars-Illegal such a non-commit-ment to speak-out, impersonally against impersonal retribution against us by oblique government? Do you think that I wear-out my keyboard UN-justly for you not-to-Read? If, I were to go back to blogging would you read and relate as a fellow-Boomer, or as a ‘we-Boomer’ one who is practiced w liberal-Arts and/or Universalism? Do you even have a cognizance, that my Philosophical-Enlightenment from 55-years study is worth-your-while? Reflection and inflection on facts not fallacies is not easy in the new-Rome, I must allow you, that!
note: posted 2-18-17 @ 11:10 a.m.