OPINION: DADT and the Wider Justice
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DADT repeal is a victory for equal employment rights, but if that’s the only thing we take away from this event, we miss the boat. The Democrats will try to take credit for DADT repeal, […]
Well written! But also let not forget despite the unjustified Iraq war and the Afghanistan war the last years, that the US military presence after the WWII has helped in different regions of the world to keep peace. Till the 1990s it was necessary to prevent a war between the West and the Soviet Union, nowadays it necessary in Asia. There are so many disagreements or conflicts between Asian countries such as between China and Japan, India and Pakistan, North Korea and South Korea, China and Indonesia, China and Taiwan etc. Without the US military presence in Asia, the region wouldn’t be as safe as it is today.
There are several US military bases in Southwest Germany where I currently live. Personally I don’t mind the US military presence in Germany, I rather welcome it because it is a good opportunity to get to know hot soldiers.^^
It reminded also of an article about the UNICEF photo of the year contest. This year’s winner is the US photographer US Ed Kashi who took pictures of the disabled children in Vietnam who are affected by the herbicide Agent Orange. Even 35 years after the US withdrew their troops from Vietnam the country still suffers.
“US forces used the herbicide Agent Orange to destroy foliage that the North Vietnamese were using as cover. Agent Orange contains dioxins that are known to cause cancer and damage genes. The effects of the toxic substance can be seen among Vietnamese people to this day: cancer, immune disorders and severe deformities. According to official estimates, there are 1.2 million disabled children in Vietnam. In rural areas, the percentage of disabled children is significantly higher than in urban areas…Da Nang was an American base of operations where tons of Agent Orange were stored for defoliation missions. 56,000 of the city’s 800,000 inhabitants suffer from disabilities caused by this chemical warfare.”
Read more, more photos: http://www.unicef.de/en/aktionen/foto-des-jahres-2010/1-preis/?L=1
About 12 years ago I traveled with my family to Vietnam and we also visited Da Nang. I remember there were quite many disabled people on street begging and you still could see the impact on the environment.