Dear President Bush,
It is time for the US to accept responsibility for unintended environmental and health consequences of the use of defoliants such as Agent Orange in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia and of their production and testing in the US and other countries.
There are two practical steps that can be announced when you visit Viet Nam in November that will begin to address this persistent deadly legacy of war:
1) Comprehensive response to current
The Fund for Reconciliation and Development builds bridges between the United States and Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Cuba. Our non-partisan programs have sought since 1985 to heal the wounds of war by fostering mutual understanding and respect and by addressing lessons and legacies of conflict. We encourage and facilitate cooperation in education, trade, people-to-people exchanges, and humanitarian and development assistance, working in partnership with foundations, other not-for-profit organizations, business, academic institutions and governments.
The most thorough website about the impact of dioxin in defoliants such as Agent Orange in Indochina and elsewhere is
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