Monday, May 23, 2011

Agent Orange Buried in South Korea

According to a report from the BBC, the US and South Korea will hold an inquiry into the
alleged burying of Agent Orange in South Korea.

Three U.S. Army veterans have said the buried about 250 barrels of Agent Orange in a large hole
at a U.S. military base, Camp Carroll, in Chilgok, located south-east of Seoul in 1978.

Three Vietnam War veterans told KPHO that they had been involved in dumping the chemical
at the base.

The claims have been widely spread in South Korea, and some analysts predict an anti-US
backlash is the story is confirmed.

Senior South Korean government official Yook Dong-han said the US understood the "urgency
and seriousness" of the situation.

As we all know, Agent Orange was the most widely used herbicide in Vietnam. Tons of the
defoliant were duped on the jungles to strip away cover for North Vietnam soldiers.

The US stopped using Agent Orange in 1971 fearing that US soldiers were being exposed
by inhaling the chemical.

Many studies have concluded that children are more likely to be born with birth defects
in areas that were sprayed with Agent Orange. In addition, various types of cancer and
other illnesses are appearing in adults later in life.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996