Agent Orange : A Weapon Of Destruction Essay

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Agent Orange: A Weapon of Destruction
The infamous Brutus from the play, Julius Caesar, used the idea of the end justifies the means to rationalize his decision to kill Caesar for the greater good of the Roman Republic. This idea had been used by many throughout history to justify their morally wrong actions for the greater good. The United States federal government might have argued that the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and dumping more than 11 million gallons of Agent Orange on the South Vietnam, often showering on farmers, their families, and on whole forests that turned into barren wasteland (Korn), was altogether for the greater good in the fight against communism. But the United States’ actions do not justify their claims due to the arm and devastation Agent Orange brought to the land and the people of Vietnam.
The Vietnam War was a brutal and argumentatively pointless war that brought much chaos to Vietnam and its people. The war was fought in Vietnam between the United States and the North Vietnamese people during the 1960s and 1970s. During the time the war began, many countries, including the United States, were concerned with the rise of communism and feared that it would eventually destroy not only their country, but also others around it. By the end of the World War II, countries such as East Germany, China, North Korea, and Cuba had all fallen to Communism (Caputo 22). To many, “it looked as if Communists might be successful in their often…

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