Agent Orange wasn't deliberately injurious

2013-09-27T00:00:00Z 2013-09-29T00:25:16Z Agent Orange wasn't deliberately injurious nwitimes.com
September 27, 2013 12:00 am

Walter Polinski, of Schererville, (Sept. 20) does not get to create his own reality regarding Agent Orange.

At the time of its use, the possible human danger of using this herbicide was not known. It was used as a defoliant to expose enemy movements covered by jungle overgrowth.

At no time was it used as a chemical agent meant to endanger humans — not the enemy, our troops, our allies or civilians. To compare it to the deliberate use of chemical agents meant to kill and injure humans in Syria is blatantly false and downright unpatriotic.

Agent Orange caused injury to people who were exposed, but it was not injury that was meant to happen or anticipated.

Polinski might not have liked how the United States took responsibility for those injuries, but that doesn't make it a deliberate and illegal use of banned chemical weapons or anything comparable to the chemical weapon use in Syria.

- Kim Ferraro, Crown Point

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