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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Agent Orange and Agent Blue

A poem by Denis Kevans:

Agent Orange and Agent Blue,
We make real good things for you.

Sweat and slog in mud and slime,
Lots of unpaid overtime.
Planes fly past us every day
Trailing a lovely, misty spray.
All the way from the USA,
All the way with LBJ.

Sweating skin, and nightmares, too.

Agent Orange and Agent Blue.
Agent Orange and Agent White
Wish that I could sleep at night.
What was that the doctor says?
 Somethin's wrong with the baby, Les.
 Agent Orange and Agent Blue,
 Now we know what you can do.

You stripped the leaves from off the trees,
You poisoned the Vietnamese.

Tell me why, and tell me how,
Tell me nothin’, Mr. Dow.
Hitler had another way,
Brought the people to the spray.
Come on Aussie, you’re the pea,
The only white who’ll fight for me.
Tell me how, and tell me why,  ...
Tell me why they had to die?

Agent Orange and Agent Mal,

Thanks for all your help, old pal.
Look at the lovely misty spray,
All the way from the USA.
All the way with LBJ,
All the way to the judgement day.


As John Pilger reports*:  "In 1970, a US Senate report revealed that "the US has dumped [on South Vietnam] a quantity of toxic chemical amounting to six pounds per head of population, including woman and children". The code-name for this weapon of mass destruction, Operation Hades, was changed to the friendlier Operation Ranch Hand. Today, an estimated 4.8 million victims of Agent Orange are children."

*But wait...  there's more!  So much more!  >>>


Blogger AndrewM said...

Just while we're up on the soapbox: it is possible that Agent Orange might have led to the death of 1 or 2 VC while obliterating or deforming hundreds of thousands of civilians down through the generations (primarily in South Vietnam, the very people we were supposedly saving), but the bombing of Haiphong failed to kill a single 'enemy combatant' whilst murdering thousands of stevedores.

July 05, 2012 8:45 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

It was enough to have the locals form long queues to join the Vietcong.

And they (the Yanks) wonder why they lost that war?

Ditto Iraq.

Ditto Afghanistan.

July 05, 2012 9:14 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

1964 July 6.
Sadly, Warrant Officer Class 2, Kevin Conway became the first Australian to die due to enemy action in South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War.

July 06, 2012 11:33 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Every damn service man I met that came back from Vietnam did a lot of drugs while, what is with that?

July 09, 2012 10:58 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well, BBC, it might have something to do with availability and the traumantic environment they were in.

And I don't think it was restricted to the Vietnam war.

And when talking about drugs, let's include, alcohol, nicotine, and prescribed drugs e.g. psychotropics and anti-depressants.

I think we can safely say that war and drugs go hand in hand.

July 09, 2012 1:05 PM  

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