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Dow Chemical Warfare


March 13, 2022 by shoenerca

Inextinguishable Fire is an anti-war film that critiques the Vietnam War, specifically the use of napalm in the Vietnam War as well as the role of corporations and scientists in manufacturing it. In the first clip, we learn that as a result of the large amounts of death and destruction caused by the atomic bombs dropped in Japan and the horrendous deaths that napalm caused in Vietnam, many scientists and technicians involved in the creation of such weapons have come to view working on the development of these weapons as crimes. Although scientists and technicians are not the ones making the call to deploy these weapons, it is their work that brought them in to existence. This film argues that because of this, scientist and others who worked to develop these weapons are also responsible for the damage, death, and destruction that results from their use. Inextinguishable Fire seeks to encourage scientists, technicians, engineers, and anyone else involved in the creation of such destructive weapons to think about the human consequences of these weapons and to cease work on them. The second clip informs us that companies, specifically Dow Chemical Co., received millions for the continued production and development of the chemical weapon napalm, although many civilians and employees did not endorse its production. This is the flip side to the first clip. We see that despite many scientists and technicians beginning to recognize the harmful effects of napalm and objecting to its production, the companies will not cease production because it makes a significant amount of money. It is not enough for scientists and technicians to morally object to the production of napalm. Students, workers, engineers, and scientists must put pressure on the corporations that produce it.

Both of these clips demonstrate the theme of resistance to corporations that mass produce chemical weapons. These clips both critique the role of private corporations and their employees in the production of napalm. Together, they tell us that it is not enough for scientist and technicians to morally object to the use of napalm. In order to enact change, pressure needs to be put on the companies that produce weapons like napalm.


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