These New Media resources are recommended reading, viewing or listening for a further understanding of the complex issues related to Agent Orange and Dioxin.
NPR. June 23, 2011
The U.S. military is investigating claims by veterans that they buried barrels of the toxic defoliant at an American base in South Korea three decades ago. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War, and it's been blamed for a variety of ailments, including cancer and nerve disorders.
Just war theories spell out moral criteria for going to war, but they say almost nothing about the wartime problems that get left behind. We’re left with radioactivity from atomic bombs in Japan, injuries from unexploded land mines around the world, and generations of birth defects from Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Agent Orange was a defoliant the U.S. government sprayed over forests, jungles and rice fields during the Vietnam War. It contained dioxin, a poison that has now infected at least 4.5 million Vietnamese and 2.5 million Americans. This week we spend the entire hour exploring why this chemical continues to haunt the minds and bodies of so many people.
Connie Schultz, columnist and reporter for The Plain Dealer
Read her special report on Agent Orange, "Unfinished Business"
Begins at 22 min 30 sec
Heather Bowser was born missing her right leg below the knee, the big toe on her left foot and several of her fingers. At first, her parents blamed themselves. A decade would pass before they linked her condition to Vietnam, and her father’s exposure to Agent Orange in 1968.
Heather Bowser, second-generation victim of Agent Orange
Begins at 31 min 4 sec
This week we’re starting an eight-part series called Compassion in the First Person. We’ll speak with people whose faith and values have led them to extraordinary acts of kindness, empathy and humanity.
We begin with Charles Bailey. He was a grant-making officer at the Ford Foundation when he made a trip to Vietnam. What he saw there changed his life and his work for the next 11 years. He’s now on the front lines, prodding the U.S. government and others to repair the damage caused by Agent Orange.
Charles Bailey, director of the Aspen Institute's Agent Orange in Vietnam program
Begins at 40 min 44 sec
The mass murder of people is called genocide. And the mass destruction of the environment as an act of war? Some scientists are calling it ecocide. A historian at the U.S. Department of State explains why Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals are creating one of the cruelest legacies of modern warfare.
David Zierler, author of "The Invention of Ecocide" and a historian at the Department of State. His views are his own.
Three part series on impact of Agent Orange by reporter K. Oanh Ha of KQED
The impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin on Vietnamese-American veterans.
The on-going impact of Agent Orange/Dioxin on the people of Vietnam
Report on the efforts to clean-up dioxin contamination in Vietnam.