Chemical Weapons

Agent Orange – Part Two – On the Origin of Agent Orange

June 18, 2017 // 1 Comment

The general consensus regarding the inception of Agent Orange, the infamous herbicide used during the Vietnam War, is that its origins lay in a laboratory somewhere back in the mid-twentieth century. However, I would argue that its actual origins lie in the Victorian era. I believe its story starts in 1881 with an English naturalist and the publication of his book ‘The Power of Movement of Plants‘. Although you might not have heard of this before, I guarantee that the majority of [...]

Agent Orange – Part One – Introduction

June 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

In 1961, as part of America’s escalating war of counterinsurgency in Vietnam, President Kennedy approved a military plan to use defoliants and herbicide in South East Asia. Operation “Ranch Hand” was intended to kill foliage and destroy crops, depriving the Viet Cong of cover and supplies during the conflict. It is estimated that 76,000,000 litres of chemicals were sprayed between 1962 and 1971 over rural areas of South Vietnam and, later, in parts of Cambodia and Laos. The most commonly [...]

How the Video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Food’ Misled Its Viewers

May 10, 2014 // 6 Comments

The video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Foods’ is a prime example of why we should be ridiculing the vast majority of people opposed to genetic engineering instead of listening to their purposely uneducated and uninformed views on the technology. Most of the “facts” contained in this video are trivial to counter and often are not about the technology at all. For example, one states that a scientist had their family threatened if they were to release research that showed [...]

No, The British Government Did Not Sell Chemical Weapons to Syria

September 22, 2013 // 13 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter On 21st August 2013, the nerve agent Sarin was used during the Syrian civil war. Hundreds were killed in the attacks – all of which took place over a short span of time in the disputed areas of the Ghouta suburbs of the Markaz Rif Dimashq district. This was the first time that chemical weapons had been used in the twenty first century and goaded attention from the worldwide community. The United Nations investigated the attacks over three weeks and [...]