Letter: Agent Orange
Thanks to Pat Hynes, director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, for her excellent article of July 8 about Agent Orange and America’s way of conducting the war in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Dow Chemical Company made a lot of money creating chemicals that are still poisoning people in Southeast Asia. I knew someone who was drafted into the war and his job was loading Agent Orange into airplanes. He died of cancer in his early 30s, just another victim of America’s war machine.
In those days, we shared the burden of serving in the military, which is why there was so much protest. Vast numbers of citizens came to know from their own experience how murderous our policies were. Now we have a mercenary army who do our dirty work for us, so we know a lot less about what our military is doing, though it is more or less the same result. The people of the countries we invade hate us for poisoning them and for killing them. We should be thankful for people like Pat Hynes who keep telling the truth.
Rev. DOUGLAS WILSON