‘They All Looked Alike’
by Matthew Harwood, March 07, 2013
by Nick Turse
Metropolitan Books, 2013, 320 pages
The United States expended the equivalent of 640 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs of munitions on southeast Asia – the majority of which landed on South Vietnam’s cities and countryside. (Never forget, the same South Vietnam the United States was defending the country it was turning into an incinerated wasteland.)
The massive amount of firepower, including toxic defoliants like Agent Orange, that rained down on the South Vietnamese countryside – again the territory the U.S. was defending – resulted in ecocide. Riffing off the Smokey the Bear slogan, U.S. troops would joke, "Only you can prevent forests."