VIETNAM DEMANDS MONSANTO COMPENSATE AGENT ORANGE VICTIMS AFTER US CANCER RULING PRECEDENT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

VIETNAM DEMANDS MONSANTO COMPENSATE AGENT ORANGE VICTIMS AFTER US CANCER RULING PRECEDENT

Following the unprecedented $289mn verdict against Monsanto in California, Hanoi is seeking justice for victims of exposure to the Agent Orange – the notorious chemical the firm supplied to the US military during the Vietnam War.
After a San Francisco jury proved Monsanto not invincible and ordered the chemical giant to pay $289 million to a school worker who argued he got terminal cancer after using its Roundup herbicide, Vietnam has also demanded compensation from the St. Louis-based company.

“The verdict serves as a legal precedent which refutes previous claims that the herbicides made by Monsanto and other chemical corporations in the US and provided for the US army in the war are harmless,” deputy foreign ministry spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Tra said Thursday. “Vietnam has suffered tremendous consequences from the war, especially with regard to the lasting and devastating effects of toxic chemicals, including Agent Orange.”

Around three million people in Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange during a brutal chemical warfare campaign between 1961 and 1971, in which 12 million gallons of herbicide produced by Monsanto Corporation, among others, were dropped over the jungle to defoliate it. Because of such a high level of exposure to dioxin, a byproduct found in Agent Orange, millions of Vietnamese continue to suffer health conditions, often resulting in deformities which are passed through gene mutations to future generations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for the Vietnamese government to be doing this; if ever there was an evil corporate entity absolutely deserving to be sued out of existence, it has to be Monsanto.

But we also have to question the morality of a US government and Deep State, which declared this as the "new normal" phase of the intractable and ultimately unwinnable, Vietnam War, where generations of Vietnamese kids and their families have had to endure the heartbreak of genetic abnormalities.

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