Originally posted by IAF101
Had you been a scientist who proved this claim, it would indeed be most revealing. Till then, extrapolation of past data can be the only logical
recourse as statistical inferences are subjective at best. [edit on 2-3-2006 by IAF101]
Extrapolation of past data requires determining a source for valid data. I propose that the data provided by the Pentagon is fraudulent and should be
disregarded as the obvious conflict of interest is only made more clear by their denunciation of anyone who proposes a link between the use of uranium
as a weapon in this undeclared nuclear war and illness. If it's data you enjoy perusing, here's some for you.
All uranium is a toxic radiological element. If DU oxides are inhaled, there is a high probability that residual alpha particles will be
distributed throughout the organs of the body and are potential sources of radiation emission. This fact was not thoroughly researched prior to the
1991 Gulf War. Once inside the lungs these particles pass through the lung-blood barrier and circulate freely throughout the body. At this point
they act as a heavy-metal poison as well as cause low-level cell irradiation in the bone marrow, brain, kidneys, and reproductive organs. The more
immediate heavy-metal oxide damage, i.e. kidney failure, brain damage, is well documented in the scientific literature and the potential for
radioactive damage leading to carcinogenic disease is ever present ( Dr Durakovic, et. al. 2002 ).
697,000 American military personnel were deployed in 1991 to Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. According to the official Gulf War Veterans (GWV)
briefing, the total casualty count for the 100 hour war was 760: 294 dead and approximately 400 wounded or ill. In the decade following the war,
30,000 Gulf War Vets are dead and 221,000 are receiving medical disability benefits for war related causes (May2002 GWV Report). Dr Durakovic's
findings reveal high DU levels in urine and bone samples in GWVets ten years after the war.
Major Doug Rokke (Rantoul, Illinois) advocates an international ban against DU based upon what happened to many GWVets as well as those assigned to
clean up highly selected DU contaminated areas after the Gulf war in Kuwait. He reports on the incidence of throat and lung cancer among members of
his own team. Some are dead, others seriously ill. The number of deaths by cancer recorded on various GWVets Internet sites leads one to question
the official position of the Department of Defense that DU is a safe weapon.
DU half-life is 4.5 billion years.
birth defects in southern Iraq, 1989, 11/100,000, 2001, 116/100,000 *
cancer deaths in southern Iraq, 1988, 34, 1998, 450,
2001, 603 *
Or here's some different data that might help.
“Sixty-seven percent of babies born to the 400,000 vets who suffer from Gulf War Syndrome have birth defects,” said Joyce Riley, a former
nurse who flew in Iraq and the founder and spokesperson of the American Gulf War Veterans Association. “But the Department of Defense and Veterans
Affairs do not want America to know the number of sick, dead and deformed kids that vets are having. It’s another cover-up.”
Mrs. Riley served in the Gulf War as a captain in the Air Force Reserve and flew C-130 missions with a medical team in support of the war.
“A lot of the babies are being born with organs out of place—kidneys in the wrong place, hearts out of the body,” Riley told AFP. “The most
[common birth defect] is failure to thrive, where they could not keep weight on and just didn’t make it.”
Though the government refuses to acknowledge that many children of vets are suffering, Mrs. Riley says the evidence linking the ghastly birth defects
to Iraq is overwhelming.
“One nurse who served over there—all three of her children were born autistic,” she said. “We’ve also seen a lot of what is known as
‘Goldenhar Syndrome,’ that is where there is a missing left eye and left ear. It’s very strange. A lot of people believe this has something to
do with the radiological problem related to the use of depleted uranium.”
The Pentagon would have us believe that Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and all the diseases and death it purports to dispose of as nothing more than post
ttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) brought on by battle. Others suggest that Saddam did use some chemicals or gas during the first war, although none
was ever confirmed detected despite the fear it would be used. Still others suggest GWS was caused by the chemical and biological cocktails ordered
injected into the grunts ostensibly to protect them from chemical or gas weapons.
Since the Pentagon refuses to properly test returning military personnel for DU poisoning it is difficult to track the problem precisely. A proper
examination can be had in Canada for about $1,000 US. Considering that there are no treatment options it's sort of like asking a high risk male to
pay to take an expensive trip and pay for an HIV test in the late '80's, before any treatment was available, and make him pay for the pleasure of
knowing he was a dead man.
Data. It's out there for the gathering but few people have any incentive to add it up. We have a government which prefers to react to developing
problems with finger pointing and 'the blame game,' a term they used with limited success against their detractors, but it is only once the white
elephant is lying dead on the sofa that they resort to finger pointing. Until the elephant is down on the sofa and the vultures are digging in it's
all about denial.
In my opinion we know enough about the destructive nature of uranium to know (as it cannot be controlled and cannot be disposed of) that, in spite of
the fact that it is provided freely to maufacturers, it should not be used as a weapon anywhere at anytime. I also believe it is cowardly to use and
it clearly violates treaties signed by the US. Additionally, our failure to clean it up and treat those contaminated by it violates Army code. This
willingness to disregard the rule of law undermines our democracy while we purport to export it to other nations. It is hypocrisy of the first order.
It has and will continue to come back to haunt us as a nation in more ways than anyone currently alive can imagine. Finger pointing is irrelevant.
Politics is irrelevant. Only the behavior itself and the results it gives rise to are relevant.
This is why, in my opinion, the past use of DU is the biggest present and future threat created from the exclusively ignorant US actions abroad since
2001. I don't know whether the Neocons were involved in 9/11 but it is most unfortunate that they have been at the helm since that time.
Thus, the denigration of the arguments against the continued use of DU are, for me, akin to the arguments of supporters of the Third Reich in 1941 -
very dangerous and ill-informed.
It must be truly painful for the brave veterans who volunteered to serve who are either ill themselves or have deformed or ill children to be told
that it's all in their heads. For those of you vet's so afflicted who read this post, I apologize for my failure to do more for you than simply
spread the evil news. And I apologize for our national failure to do more to care for you and yours by preventing the use of DU and by failing to
acknowledge your disease and care for you now. It is an unfolding national tragedy.
This is the Neocon mushroom cloud. Can't you see it?
[edit on 3-3-2006 by seattlelaw]