The BBC is encouraging children to assume the identtities of US soldiers in the US war on Vietnam and simulate war crimes by making choices whether to deploy napalm, Agent Orange or go on a search and destroy mission.
This disgusting site included in the BBC “Bitesize” GCSE website. Children are invited to play a game where they are invited to imagine themselves as GI soldiers fighting “the enemy Viet Cong” during the Vietnam war. The users are given the choice of of either dropping napalm or agent orange as well as burn villages down. If they succeed in their mission they are rewarded with a congressional medal of honour and can go to have “a great time” in the “go go bars of Saigon”. This site is supposed to be about educating! It is one sided paints the invasion as legal and not a massive war crime that killed over a million people. That such morally repugnant material is used by the BBC on its GCSE website is appalling and reveals the reactionary nature of the authors. Please send complaints into the BBC and your MP’s to get this site removed.
The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD), an extremely toxic dioxin compound. In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Vietnam estimates 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of the use of contaminated batches of the herbicide. The Red Cross of Vietnam estimates that up to 1 million people are disabled or have health problems due to contaminated Agent Orange. The United States government has challenged these figures as being unreliable and unrealistically high.