The Real Terrorist

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“There is an ‘industry of the Dead’ in this world and a lot of people in power live off the war. Many powerful people do not want peace because they live from the war.”
-Pope Francis May 2015

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The Children Of Agent Orange

Agent orange : Le plus grand écocide du vingtième siècle

FORTY years after the end of the Vietnam War this is a country which should be rising back to its feet.

Instead it is crippled by the effects of Agent Orange, a chemical sprayed during combat, stripping leaves off trees to remove enemy cover.

Its contaminant, dioxin — now regarded as one of the most toxic chemicals known to man — remains in Vietnam’s ecosystem, in the soil and in the fish people eat from rivers.

Nearly 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been exposed, causing 400,000 deaths; the associated illnesses include cancers, birth defects, skin disorders, auto-immune diseases, liver disorders, psychosocial effects, neurological defects and gastrointestinal diseases.

According to the Red Cross of Vietnam, up to one million people are currently disabled or have health problems due to Agent Orange, 100,000 of which are children.

In Ho Chi Minh City’s Go Vap orphanage, five-month-old Hong gazes serenely from her metal-barred cot, empty, save for a soft yellow teddy bear watching over her.

From her head grows a huge veiny mass — a rare neural tube defect known as encephalocele, which research suggests could be caused by Agent Orange exposure.

Without successful surgery, Hong’s future is bleak. She could suffer from paralysis of the limbs, vision impairment, mental disability and seizures.

Hong Tu, 5 months old, with Encephalocele — a rare neural tube defect characterised by sa

Hong Tu, 5 months old, with Encephalocele — a rare neural tube defect characterised by sac-like protrusions of the brain and the membranes that cover it through openings in the skull. Photo: Ash Anand / NEWSMODO Source: Supplied

Phan Thanh Hong Duc, aged 19, suffering from microcephaly (an abnormal smallness of the h

Phan Thanh Hong Duc, aged 19, suffering from microcephaly (an abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development). Photo: Ash Anand / NEWSMODO Source: Supplied

In the capital’s Tu Du Hospital, within the Children’s Agent Orange ward lives 13-year-old Tran, with Fraser Syndrome. A rare genetic disorder, it’s characterised by completely fused eyelids, partially webbed fingers and toes and genital malformations. Tran’s nurses explain how he spends hours each day crying out relentlessly, rocking himself back and forth in his cot.

Tran Huynh Thuong Sinh, aged 13, with Fraser Syndrome — a rare genetic disorder character

Tran Huynh Thuong Sinh, aged 13, with Fraser Syndrome — a rare genetic disorder characterised (as in Tran’s case) with partial webbing of the fingers and/or toes, kidney abnormalities, genital malformations and complete fusion of the eyelids. Photo: Ash Anand / NEWSMODO Source: Supplied

Named Agent Orange after the coloured stripe on the barrels it was stored in, the US Army, supporting the South Vietnamese, spent a decade from 1961, spraying approximately 80 million litres over 30,000 square miles of southern Vietnam. The aim was to “smoke out” and weaken the Viet Cong enemy of the north, by decreasing their food supplies.

Studies have shown that dioxin still remains at alarmingly high concentrations in soil, food, human blood and breast milk in people who live near former US military bases…

http://www.globalresearch.ca/vietnams-horrific-legacy-the-children-of-agent-orange/5451862

If We’re Lucky!

Last week, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler posted a rather disturbing tweet. With a statement that one could only assume to be a reference towards Russia, Schindler wrote “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”…

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/senior-nato-official-claims-well-be-at.html

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A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that “war is inevitable” between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.

The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper the People’s Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country’s “most important bottom line”.  

The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a U.S. spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability.

China should “carefully prepare” for the possibility of a conflict with the United States, the newspaper said…

http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/china-state-paper-warns-of-war-over-south-china-sea-unless-u-s-backs-down/133639

DOD Admits Supporting ISIS

While the Western mainstream media and even independent gatekeepers like Noam Chomsky for years spread the lie that any suggestion that the United States and NATO were supporting ISIS was a “conspiracy theory,” recently uncovered and declassified documents from the Defense Intelligence Agency have proven the Western press and the likes of Chomsky wrong and, yet again, the so-called “conspiracy theorists” right…

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/dod-admits-supporting-isis-buffer-zones.html

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On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who have died in the defense of our country. There is one big problem though: Those soldiers didn’t die in the defense of our country. Instead, they died in the defense of empire and hegemony.

For obvious reasons, U.S. officials, as well as many of the family members of the deceased, can’t bring themselves to admit that and so they settle for just mindlessly repeating the mantra, “They died defending our country,”…

http://fff.org/2015/05/25/u-s-soldiers-died-empire-hegemony/

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The world’s leading war maker marks another Memorial Day, ostensibly a day of prayer for peace that too often betrays those “not fallen but pushed” in our ceaseless wars. Among others, Howard Zinn long cited the day’s “hypocritical patriotism” and urged, “Let us not set out on the same old drunken ride to death.” Fiercely echoing him long before was Mark Twain and Siegfried Sassoon; later have been the veterans of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Perhaps the most anguished call “for these who die like cattle” came from World War One’s Wilfred Owen, killed a week before the Armistice. In his “Anthem for Doomed Youth” and “Dulce et Decorum Est,” thought to have been written between  October 1917 and March 1918, Owen savagely took on the “old lie” that, in the Latin source, “It is sweet and right to die for your country.”…

http://www.commondreams.org/further/2015/05/24/imperishable-honor-and-glory

Clarity On The Iraq War

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The above fails to mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people who were killed or maimed for profit.  Also recall that Cheney did not serve in the armed forces during the Vietnam War.  He had “better things to do.”