Imperialist Wars & Global Ecological Degradation
A World Can't Wait Panel at the Left Forum, June 1, 2014 With 1100+ bases, the US military is the single largest user of fossil fuels in this century, while at the same time it fights wars and engages in occupations both to ensure strategic access to those resources and deny rivals control. In its military operations, it uses weapons of mass destruction, such as Agent Orange (in Vietnam) and depleted uranium (in the former Yugoslavia and in Iraq) which cause horrendous suffering including cancer and birth defects and remain over time as potent environmental toxins. The ecological effects of war, such as the burning of oil fields and the destruction of large urban constructions, spreads poisonous fumes and dust, with devestating effects on land, humans, flora and fauna.
Larry Everest, author of Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq & the US Global Agenda
Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, environmental toxicologist
Moderator: Debra Sweet, World Can't Wait
Filmed by Cat April Watters
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