Is it possible that United States will officially apologize in future for atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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Jul 2016
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weren't biological/chemical weapons also used in cold war in Vietnam by the US?

Agent Orange - Wikipedia
They weren't used against people,but against foliage. Also used in previous wars, too, including the Pacific Theater of Operations in WW2. Not considered chemical weapons because they weren't intended to kill or incapacitate people, that turned out to be a side effect of carcinogens that affected everyone, including friendly forces.
 
They weren't used against people,but against foliage. Also used in previous wars, too, including the Pacific Theater of Operations in WW2. Not considered chemical weapons because they weren't intended to kill or incapacitate people, that turned out to be a side effect of carcinogens that affected everyone, including friendly forces.
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where does it state here?

probably the elaborate definition was invented later to save uncle sam?

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Feb 2019
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California
Just because you don't like them, doesn't make use of biological weapons a crime.
Just because you don't like it, doesn't make use of humans as lab rats a crime.
Just because you don't like it, doesn't make rapes by soldiers a crime.
Just because you don't like it, doesn't make genocide a crime.
Just because you don't like it, doesn't make terrorism a crime.
Just because you don't like it, doesn't make destruction of historical sites a crime .
Quite. What makes all those things crimes is that THEY ARE AGAINST THE LAW.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS WERE NOT AGAINST THE LAW. You have just disproved your own case. Congratulations.
 
America at state level had already acknowledged that use of unconventional weapons is against the principles of war and that it is condemned by the general opinion of the "civilized world".
correction United states, america is practically a name for the new world, there are north america and south america, both continents, the people in united states should be rather called united statesians.

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Apr 2018
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India
First of all, both of you have intentionally chose to overlook the fact that I have already pointed out - that the 1922 Treaty on the use of poisonous gases and submarine warfare never came into effect becuase of all the victors of WW1, France objected to the clause related to submarine warfare and hence refrained from ratifying the treaty. Interesting point to be noted, Japan did ratify the treaty and yet resorted to bombing Ningbo with canisters laden with ratflies carrying plague bacteria. If you are so keen on clinging onto a proposed but never enacted treaty to support your fallacious logic, then know that it was Japan that literally violated the norms of that treaty long before US even bothered about what happened to the rest of the world.

Article 6 of that treaty clearly mentions the conditions based on which it was supposed to be enacted and no one in no court of law can accuse anyone of not abiding by a treaty that was not enacted.

Secondly, about the use of defoliants in Vietnam War -

Herbicides were used in the Vietnam War in order to destroy the forest canopy to deny cover to VC. Multiple Herbicides were used among which Agent Orange, in particular, was found to be extremely hazardous to human health. Even before the US used Agent Orange in Vietnam, defoliants were used by British Forces in Malaya during the emergency. Multiple legal lawsuits against the use of defoliants were filed in the US itself, during Vietnam War and some of them by combat vets themselves. Also note that as late as '78, Agent Orange was used in US National Forests also until their use was outlawed. Furthermore, pay attention to this excerpt from the Wiki Page on Agent Orange -

Cleanup programs
In February 2012, Monsanto agreed to settle a case covering Dioxin contamination around a plant in Nitro, West Virginia, that had manufactured Agent Orange. Monsanto agreed to pay up to $9 million for cleanup of affected homes, $84 million for medical monitoring of people affected, and the community's legal fees.

On 9 August 2012, the United States and Vietnam began a cooperative cleaning up of the toxic chemical on part of Danang International Airport, marking the first time Washington has been involved in cleaning up Agent Orange in Vietnam. Danang was the primary storage site of the chemical. Two other cleanup sites the United States and Vietnam are looking at is Biên Hòa, in the southern province of Đồng Nai—a "hotspot" for dioxin—and Phù Cát airport in the central province of Bình Định, says U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear. According to the Vietnamese newspaper Nhân Dân, the U.S. government provided $41 million to the project, which will reduce the contamination level in 73,000 cubic meters of soil by late 2016. Some 45,000 cubic meters were "cleaned", an equal amount began in October 2016 scheduled for completion in mid 2017.

The Seabee's Naval Construction Battalion Center at Gulfport, Mississippi was the largest storage site in the United States for agent orange. It was 30 odd acres in size and was still being cleaned up in 2013.

Due to the fact that destruction requires high temperatures (over 1000 °C), the destruction process is energy intensive.


For detailed study, refer to the page itself and that of other defoliants that were used like Agent Blue.
 
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