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Depleated Uranium ??Short of nuking Iraq

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posted on May, 23 2008 @ 08:34 PM
With the fire power within our military, coupled with advanced electronic intelligence capabilities ; we resort to using these type of weapons??

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 01:43 PM
These are very disturbing photos and coverage in this 18-min film about the effects of depleted uranium-filled bullets used in Irag causing birth deformations in kids and destroying immunity in kids and adults

[edit on 28-5-2008 by counterterrorist]

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 02:03 PM
Deterioration of Genetic Health, Racism, and Genocide

DU has heightened the effect of sanctions on Iraq, introducing an insidious level of toxicity into a country whose health, sanitation and basic infrastructure have already been devastated.

Physicians report highly elevated instances of leukemia, birth defects, infant mortality, and other symptoms of radiation health effects.

According to this article:

In a stunningly familiar show of camaraderie, the nuclear power and conventional weapons industries and the Departments of Defense and Energy (DoD & DoE) united efforts in the struggles for cheap waste disposal

DU weapons are especially dangerous because, according to the Pentagon's own documents, when the bullet strikes a hard surface up to 70% of the uranium burns and vaporizes into a fine mist of particles which can be spread for miles downwind, and are more than small enough to be inhaled into the lungs. Uranium is most dangerous when ingested because it will reside in tissues, possibly causing failures of sensitive organs such as kidneys—and certainly bathing the surrounding tissues with radiation for years.

With over 1.5 billion pounds of depleted uranium; (DU, a by-product of the uranium enrichment process for creating nuclear fuel) and marginalized communities being increasingly uncooperative; the nuclear industry offered the entire stockpile of DU to the weapons industry in the late 1970s if they could find something to do with it. Companies like Nuclear Metals (now Starmet) devised ways of converting the unusable uranium hexafluoride back into metal alloy form, for use in weapons. Because DU is 1.7 times more dense than lead, it is valuable for mechanical use (in counterweights, for instance) but the DoD is especially fond of its superkiller qualities: because of its greater density, bullets made with DU are known to slice through conventional armor "like a hot knife through butter," according to Pentagon officials.

DU lived up to all of its promises the first time it was tested on a large scale. During the Gulf Massacre, the US used over 14,000 M1A1 tank rounds and 940,000 30mm rounds from A-10 jets. The A-10 "Warthogs," responsible for over a third of the Iraqi tanks destroyed, spread over 550,000 pounds of DU in the region. Altogether, the Pentagon deposited over 650,000 pounds of DU waste for the nuclear industry.

However, while the M1A1 tanks deliver the waste in large bundles of 8-10 pounds per round, the A-10 is by far the heavier hitter for the nuclear industry and made a name for itself as a highly successful waste transport vehicle

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 02:09 PM
from the following url

the United States is the only country in the world that uses DU shells

A study conducted by the Pentagon in 2002 predicted that, “every future battlefield will be contaminated” with DU. The fact that radioactive dust from a bullet explosion can spread nearly 30 miles means that the radius of disruption surrounding a battle sight can be vast.
Further, the WHO report on DU states, “Over the days and years following [DU contamination], the contamination normally becomes dispersed into the wider natural environment by wind and rain. People living or working in affected areas may inhale contaminated dusts or consume contaminated food and drinking water.”

Army training manuals inform American military personnel that DU contamination renders food and water unsafe for consumption.

While soldiers do not have to continue living in the contaminated areas for the rest of their lives, people living in Iraq are not so lucky. Tom Engleart, another IVAW speaker, recalled the high rate of birth complications since the US occupation, and DU use, began.

From the same article,

Up-to-date health information from Iraq is difficult to come by. But a November report from Al-jazeera concluded that, “[The] cancer rate in Iraq has increased tenfold, and the number of birth defects has multiplied fivefold times since the 1991 war. The increase is believed to be caused by depleted uranium.”

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 02:21 PM
very interesting read. a while back i was looking into where they tested DU weapons in the UK.

and this article talks about a large DU test area in Indiana, USA

"Fahey points to the Jefferson Proving Ground in Indiana as an example of the prohibitive cost of such an effort. In 20 years of DU testing, roughly 150,000 pounds of uranium were discharged over the Ground's 500 acres. The estimated cost for cleaning up that area was between $4 billion and $5 billion. "They're not cleaning it up -- [the Department of Defense] decided it was too expensive,""

posted on May, 28 2008 @ 03:32 PM
DU tipped ammo is a necessity because otherwise the bullets would not penatrate the toughest armored plating. BTW, the U.S. is NOT the only country to use DU.

[edit on 28-5-2008 by WhatTheory]

posted on May, 30 2008 @ 04:40 PM
The US is not the only country to use DU munitions, the British, French and Russians are all known to, and the Israelis and Chinese doubtless have some stocks around.

posted on May, 30 2008 @ 04:47 PM
Depleted Uranium is a War Crime by Anti-Flag.

[U.S. Representative, Jim McDermott:]
"Depleted Uranium is used on the ends of bullets
and on the ends of shells because it is so hard [that]
almost any armament is vulnerable to something that is tipped with Depleted Uranium."


In the cities and towns of Afghanistan
In the heart of the Balkans - the heart of Iraq
Not your Grandfather's style of deadly munitions
It's silent and deadly long after the mission

Depleted uranium is a war crime
Depleted uranium is a war crime

Gonna cut through their armor, then cut through your lungs
If you make it home alive you'll still die young
A greedy gang of liars, yeah we've seen it all before
A moneymaking scheme led by war-profiteering whores

Depleted uranium is a war crime
Depleted uranium is a war crime

[U.S. Representative, Jim McDermott:]
"They were throwing it away until they figured out they could use it for armament."

Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - You'll waste away
Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - You'll waste a...

We've heard their lies before and we know they're lying again
Feels like a déjà vu of Agent Orange and Vietnam
Weaponry so sadistic it is hard to comprehend
War profits surge with every breath by Uncle Sam

Depleted uranium is a war crime
Depleted uranium is a war crime
Depleted uranium is a war crime

[U.S. Representative, Jim McDermott:]
"We went to a hospital in Southern Iraq,
and a woman was there with a very deformed child and
her husband had been in the Iraqi Army and had been
in the battles in Southern Iraq and
came home and they produced a baby with very severe
malformations... Both the Leukemia rates in children and
malformations at birth had increased by 600%
and it was clearly an epidemic where all this
DU had been dumped... It becomes a dust that can be
inhaled and infect the blood stream and the rest
of the body and it was the opinion of the
doctors there that this was caused by depleted uranium...
They simply saw this as being a direct result of the
war by United States."

Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - We waste away
Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - We waste away
Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - We waste away
Half Life - 4.5 Billion
Half Life - We waste away

[U.S. Representative, Jim McDermott:]
"The doctor said,
'Women [in Iraq] at the time of birth don't ask if
it's a boy or a girl, they ask: Is it normal?'
...The military denies first, and then after the evidence
builds to the point where they can no longer deny,
then they do the research. That's what happened in the
Vietnam era around Agent Orange and I suspect and
I'm worried that that's what will happen this time"

Great song. It's sad that the military would rather contaminate food and water supplies, give people cancer, and then not even clean it up, all in the name of killing.

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