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Use of Depleted Uranium Devastating Lives

Use of Depleted Uranium Devastating Lives

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Published by Martha Jette
The use of depleted uranium in tank munitions and other artillary has taken a devastating toll on both the soldiers fighting in Iraq as well as countless children, who are now suffering the most horrible deformities ever seen.
The use of depleted uranium in tank munitions and other artillary has taken a devastating toll on both the soldiers fighting in Iraq as well as countless children, who are now suffering the most horrible deformities ever seen.

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Published by: Martha Jette on Dec 11, 2006
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You know how something keeps nagging and nagging at you, until you just have tosay something about it? Well, such is the case for me with all the articles I’veread and pictures I’ve seen about the devastating affects of depleted uranium.While most people think that the worst things soldiers in Iraq have to contendwith are the violence and chance of death due to the war, there is another evilthat is becoming more widespread. The United States and Britain use hundreds oftons of depleted uranium in their weapons that release deadly, carcinogenic andmutagenic radioactive particles.While “depleted” makes the uranium sound weak, it is anything but! It is one ofearth’s heaviest elements that can easily smash through tanks, buildings andbunkers. It instantly catches fire and burns everything – people, plants andanimals. The particles are so tiny that they can even pass through a gas mask! Butthat is not the worst thing about depleted uranium. The fact of the matter is thatit gets in the air and is causing birth defects worse than anything ever seen inthe history of the world. It has also sickened many Iraq military vets, who havehad to simply come home and wait to die.Now, lest you think you are safe in a small American or Canadian town and far awayfrom the danger, think again! According to Dr. Chris Busby, a British radiationexpert at the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Medicine, the radiationreleased by the use of depleted uranium can travel around the world causingmutations and death in great numbers."I'm horrified,” said Dr. Busby, who is also the U.K. representative on theEuropean Committee on Radiation Risk. “The people out there - the Iraqis, themedia and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation fromdepleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives ofthousands of children all over the world. We all know how far radiation cantravel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes getred dust from the Sahara on your car."Dr. Busby called the illegal use of depleted uranium by Britain and America “acrime against humanity” that will be recorded as the worst atrocity of all time.The radioactivity will persist for more than 4,500,000,000 years and aside fromextreme birth defects, it can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage kidney failure.Leuren Moret is an expert on depleted uranium having worked in two U.S. nuclearweapons laboratories. He calls the use of the use of the substance in warheadsweapons of mass destruction. In 1991, he became a whistleblower at the LivermoreLab and calls it “very, very, very nasty stuff.”“Depleted uranium (DU) weaponry meets the definition of weapon of mass destructionin two out of three categories under U.S. Federal Code Title 50 Chapter 40 Section2302. DU weaponry violates all international treaties and agreements, Hague andGeneva war conventions, the 1925 Geneva gas protocol, U.S. laws and U.S. militarylaw.”Since this horrible substance has been unleashed, doctors in Iraq say birthdefects have increased by 2-6 times. Some soldiers returned from active duty wheredepleted uranium was present have since fathered children with these horribledefects as well.Babies have been born with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestinesoutside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or witha single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even withoutheads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooksshowing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific. Sickness inchildren has increased 3-12 times.In fact, The Lancet on Feb. 28, 1998 reported that as many as 500 children a dayare dying. In adult men, cancer related to the lungs, bladder, bronchus, skin andstomach have increased at an alarming rate. In women, the highest increases werein breast and bladder cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.The British and Americans knew of the dangers of depleted uranium before it wasused in the Gulf in 1991, because the UK Atomic Energy Authority issued a specialreport about it. However, in that war at least 320 tons was used and its affects

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