You know how something keeps nagging and nagging at you, until you just have to say something

about it? Well, such is the case for me with all the articles I’ve read 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 contend with are the violence and chance of death due to the war, there is another evil that is becoming more widespread. The United States and Britain use hundreds of tons of depleted uranium in their weapons that release deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic radioactive particles. While “depleted” makes the uranium sound weak, it is anything but! It is one of earth’s heaviest elements that can easily smash through tanks, buildings and bunkers. It instantly catches fire and burns everything – people, plants and animals. The particles are so tiny that they can even pass through a gas mask! But that is not the worst thing about depleted uranium. The fact of the matter is that it gets in the air and is causing birth defects worse than anything ever seen in the history of the world. It has also sickened many Iraq military vets, who have had to simply come home and wait to die. Now, lest you think you are safe in a small American or Canadian town and far away from the danger, think again! According to Dr. Chris Busby, a British radiation expert at the University of Liverpool’s Faculty of Medicine, the radiation released by the use of depleted uranium can travel around the world causing mutations and death in great numbers. "I'm horrified,” said Dr. Busby, who is also the U.K. representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk. “The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car." Dr. Busby called the illegal use of depleted uranium by Britain and America “a crime 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 from extreme 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. nuclear weapons laboratories. He calls the use of the use of the substance in warheads weapons of mass destruction. In 1991, he became a whistleblower at the Livermore Lab and calls it “very, very, very nasty stuff.” “Depleted uranium (DU) weaponry meets the definition of weapon of mass destruction in two out of three categories under U.S. Federal Code Title 50 Chapter 40 Section 2302. DU weaponry violates all international treaties and agreements, Hague and Geneva war conventions, the 1925 Geneva gas protocol, U.S. laws and U.S. military law.” Since this horrible substance has been unleashed, doctors in Iraq say birth defects have increased by 2-6 times. Some soldiers returned from active duty where depleted uranium was present have since fathered children with these horrible defects as well. Babies have been born with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or with a single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific. Sickness in children has increased 3-12 times. In fact, The Lancet on Feb. 28, 1998 reported that as many as 500 children a day are dying. In adult men, cancer related to the lungs, bladder, bronchus, skin and stomach have increased at an alarming rate. In women, the highest increases were in breast and bladder cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The British and Americans knew of the dangers of depleted uranium before it was used in the Gulf in 1991, because the UK Atomic Energy Authority issued a special report about it. However, in that war at least 320 tons was used and its affects

have been devastating. After doing a little research, I also learned that Israel used buster bombs containing depleted uranium warheads against Lebanon. The World Health Organization, which has previously stated that depleted uranium poses “only a small risk” has a site where depleted uranium is explained. However, they really downplay anything dangerous about the substance. You can read about that here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs257/en/ While both the British and American governments continue to state that depleted uranium is harmless as well, the evidence is mounting. Award-winning scientist, Dr. Rosalie Bertell has studied “low-level” radiation for 30 years. She found that uranium oxide particles can harm cells “like flashes of lightening” again and again in a single second, which then damages the DNA and causes cell mutations. Recent research by Eric Wright, professor of Experimental Hematology at Dundee University concurs that depleted uranium is hazardous. However, he adds that some people have a much worse reaction to it than others, which is why some Gulf War veterans seem unaffected. Now, if depleted uranium is even thought to have such horrible and lasting affects on human life, why do these governments continue to use it? The answer is simple. IT’S CHEAP! And why won’t these governments admit that the substance is dangerous? A U.S. report leaked in late 1994 allegedly stated: “The potential for health affects from DU exposure is real; however, it must be viewed in perspective… the financial implications of long-term disability payments and healthcare costs would be excessive.” It is interesting to note that in 1996 and 1997, the UN Human Rights Tribunal condemned these weapons for illegally breaking the Geneva Convention and also classified them as “weapons of mass destruction” that are “incompatible with international humanitarian and human rights law.” The European Union has also called (twice) for depleted uranium weapons to be banned. I could go on and on about this, but I think you get the message. Here is a site that should give you some insight into the number of soldiers who have died from non-war related injuries and illness: http://www.icasualties.org/oif/default.aspx To sign a petition against the use of depleted uranium, go here: http://www.cadu.org.uk/ or http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/