The USA’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Vietnam War: Unexploded Ordnance.

The USA’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Vietnam War: Unexploded Ordnance.

I was recently amused to see the above signs juxtaposed on the side of a UXO Lao vehicle.

Is it meant ironically? That Laos’ unexploded ordnance is a gift of the government of the United States?

Of course it means the US donated the vehicle, but it could be  read the other way, given the ongoing trouble caused by UXO to people in Asia and to the US government in dealing with it. It also plays a significant role in my Backpackers-meet-the-Vietnam-War novel BACK.

Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Bui Hong Linh (right) and US ambassador David Shear sign an MoU on clearing unexploded bombs in Vietnam. (Thu Hang)

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Bui Hong Linh (right) and US ambassador David Shear sign an MoU on clearing unexploded bombs in Vietnam. (Thu Hang)

This is something I recently commented on in a post (see below), my comments made even more valid now that the US is also picking up the tab for defectively manufactured munitions dropped on Vietnam. Surely the US government should be looking for a clean-up contribution from negligent manufacturer of its ordnance, 30% of which failed to explode.

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UXO on he ground in Laos.

Surely: “It must explode on impact with the ground and not lie around for years killing innocent civilians for generations” was or should have been high up in the specifications when the US ordered and took delivery of these weapons?

A 30% dud rate is not acceptable.

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War and Adventure Backpacking into the jungles of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

For POWs left behind in Laos, see also:

See also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-1/vietnam-war-cluster-bomb-warranty-expires-apparently-no-claims-in-laos/

© Peter Alan Lloyd

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US: Amazon: Back Parts 1 and 2

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