Agent Orange: Legally Right, Morally Wrong

Agent Orange Legally Right, Morally Wrong

Like so much else about the Viet Nam War, the Agent Orange case will never be settled to everyone's satisfaction. Last week U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein dismissed a suit by seven manufacturers of the defoliant. They had sought to force the Government to contribute to the $180 million fund created for veterans who claimed that exposure to the dioxin-contaminated chemical left them with various ailments and caused birth defects in some of their children. The Government, said the judge, was "within its legal rights in refusing" to pay, since the veterans never proved that the chemical caused their problems. But...

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