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The Horrors Of DU: We Are Fighting Our Wars With Nuclear Waste And It Is Killing Our Troops And Deforming Their Babies
Most Americans still do not seem to realize that we are using thousands upon thousands of tons of nuclear waste ("depleted uranium") to fight our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most Americans still do not seem to know that thousands upon thousands of our troops are getting sick and dying from exposure to DU.
In early September 2003, Army National Guard Spec. Gerard Darren Matthew was sent home from Iraq, stricken by a sudden illness.
One side of Matthew's face would swell up each morning. He had constant migraine headaches, blurred vision, blackouts and a burning sensation whenever he urinated.
The Army transferred him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for further tests, but doctors there could not explain what was wrong.
Originally posted by lpbman
So no mention that radioactively speaking, DU is about as dangerous as a house full of granite counter tops?
That's not to say that DU isn't dangerous, but lets be honest about why it's dangerous. It's a heavy metal, and causes heavy metal poisoning. Just like lead, just like mercury, and so forth.
External exposure to radiation from depleted uranium is less of a concern because the alpha particle emitted by its isotopes travel only a few centimeters in air or can be stopped by a sheet of paper. Also, the uranium-235 that remains in depleted uranium emits only a small amount of low-energy gamma radiation. According to the World Health Organization, a radiation dose from it would be about 60 percent from purified natural uranium with the same mass. Approximately 90 micrograms of natural uranium, on average, exist in the human body as a result of normal intakes of water, food and air. The majority of this is found in the skeleton, with the rest in various organs and tissues.
A 2002 study from the Australian defense ministry concluded that “there has been no established increase in mortality or morbidity in workers exposed to uranium in uranium processing industries... studies of Gulf War veterans show that, in those who have retained fragments of depleted uranium following combat related injury, it has been possible to detect elevated urinary uranium levels, but no kidney toxicity or other adverse health effects related to depleted uranium after a decade of follow-up.” Pier Roberto Danesi, then-director of the IAEA Seibersdorf +Laboratory, stated in 2002 that "There is a consensus now that DU does not represent a health threat".
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in 2003 that, "based on credible scientific evidence, there is no proven link between DU exposure and increases in human cancers or other significant health or environmental impacts," although "Like other heavy metals, DU is potentially poisonous. In sufficient amounts, if DU is ingested or inhaled it can be harmful because of its chemical toxicity. High concentration could cause kidney damage." The IAEA concluded that while depleted uranium is a potential carcinogen, there is no evidence that it has been carcinogenic in humans.
A 2005 study by Sandia National Laboratories’ Al Marshall used mathematical models to analyze potential health effects associated with accidental exposure to depleted uranium during the 1991 Gulf War. Marshall’s study concluded that the reports of cancer risks from DU exposure are not supported by veteran medical statistics, but Marshall did not consider reproductive health effects.
Originally posted by BlasteR
Alot of information but no proof.
Is there proof presented that troops are somehow "transmitting" radiation to their wives during sex? NO
Is there proof presented that this has resulted in countless deformities in childre? NO
Is there proof presented that these people in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. are no longer asking whether their children are boy or girl but whether or not they are normal? NO
According to humanitarian law, the illegality of DU weapons is based on four criteria:
• The “territorial” test. Weapons of war may only be used in the legal field of battle. Weapons may not have an adverse effect off the legal field of battle.
• The “temporal” test, meaning that weapons may only be used for the duration of an armed conflict. A weapon that continues to act after the war violates this criterion. The territorial and temporal criteria are meant to prevent weapons from being “indiscriminate” in their effect.
• A weapon cannot be unduly inhumane. The Hague Convention of 1907 prohibits “poison or poisoned weapons.” Because DU weapons are radioactive and chemically toxic, as the military knows, they fit the definition of poisonous weapons banned under the Hague Convention.
• The “environmental” test says that weapons cannot have an unduly negative effect on the natural environment. Depleted uranium does not meet the requirements of any of the four.
Originally posted by BlasteR
This article doesn't even describe how DU contamination actually occurs nor do I know if he/she even knows that.
...uranium dust may do permanent damage to the lungs, resulting in chronic respiratory problems, and that uranium exposure also affects neurological function. Rats exposed to uranium had impaired nerve cell function, and 1991 Gulf War I veterans who were excreting high levels of uranium in their urine showed impairment in cognitive function.
Originally posted by dunwichwitch
I heard a story from a friend of the family that a scientist had a brick sized block of mined uranium (not purified at all) sitting in his lab for several years, and one day while doing an experiment with a geiger counter, he accidentally realized that the brick was actually uranium. I don't know what kind of stupid scientist that was, but I'm guessing even depleted uranium is more pure than freshly mined uranium.
Either way, look at some of the Indian Reservations where they mine uranium. Mine workers (often native americans themselves) getting terribly sick and dying, drinking water being contaminated, deformed babies, sick and dying livestock and crops.
Uranium and people just don't mix... and it is sick and twisted that we use depleted uranium on the tips of bombs and warheads when bombing innocent people's homes and apartments and such.
Make all the excuses you want. I'm biased towards the war AND the use of depleted uranium on innocent towns and villiages, not to mention it's just not necessary AT ALL, and I am rightfully biased. If you aren't biased towards this, you're completely blind to the suffering of others, and the fact that the US govt/army can and will do some really horrible stuff.
[edit on 19-5-2008 by dunwichwitch]