Agent Orange alert
Documentary should be widely seen
May 7, 2007
The lingering tragedy of the herbicide Agent Orange, here in
It's hard to watch because it does not shrink from showing
deformed Vietnamese children. Their parents were exposed to the herbicide that
our armed forces sprayed widely, to remove the jungle that hid the Viet Cong
and North Vietnamese Army. It also focuses on a
It's a must-see because we need to reflect on how little our nation has done to address the harm that so many attribute to dioxin, the toxic contaminant in Agent Orange.
The courts haven't helped Vietnamese victims. In 2005, a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit; their appeal will be heard in June. In the wider court of public opinion, this film by The Gardner Documentary Group can be a powerful tool. The Public Broadcasting Service is considering the film for its national schedule. Our advice: PBS should air it.
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