Agent Orange : Description, Use, And Effects Of The Vietnam War Essay

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Agent Orange: Description, Use, and Effects of the War in Vietnam Many of the scars of the Vietnam War have healed, but one toxic wound continues to fester. An herbicide used by the United States promised to save the lives of many GIs by decreasing the strategic cover of the Viet Kong, who were North Vietnamese Communist. Agent Orange proved to have side effects that were not intended. Not only did it destroy the environment, but the lives of those it surrounded. While people can make moral judgments before their actions, a chemical does not discriminate between foe or ally. Vietnam is a tropical monsoon climate, which is extremely humid throughout most the year [1]. Three-quarters of Vietnam is either mountainous or hilly. Thus many of the country’s ecosystems are found in the mountains, while the majority of people live on the coast where it is least mountainous [2]. There are three main ecosystems in Vietnam: wetlands, terrestrial and marine [2]. There are 600,000 pounds of biomass per hectare (which is about two and a half acres) in South Vietnams [3]. The areas of combat in the Vietnam War were incredibly dense with flora, making the environment one of the Viet Kong’s greatest allies along with other Communist of influence, like the Soviet Union. Thus herbicides were seen as a clear solution for the United States military to remove advantages for the North Vietnamese. Agent Orange was the most commonly used herbicide during the Vietnam War, there were other strains

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