The US’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Secret War – a 30% Dud Rate.

The US’s ‘Gift’ to Laos from the Secret War – a 30% Dud Rate.

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

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 the ground in Laos.

Surely the plan for it was to explode on impact with the ground and not lie around for years killing innocent civilians for generations. That requirement should have been high up in the specifications when the US ordered and took delivery of these weapons from the negligent manufacturers of the munitions.

A 30% deadly dud rate is not acceptable.

Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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