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it is an American Victory.
Originally posted by crisko
Our Economy is indeed in tatters, but that has nothing to do with Iraq.
Originally posted by crisko
The era of dictators is coming to an end.
The purpose of the current study was to measure the toxicity of depleted uranium as uranyl acetate (UA) in mammalian cells....
This is the first report of the formation of uranium?DNA adducts and mutations in mammalian cells after direct exposure to a depleted uranium compound. Data suggest that uranium could be chemically genotoxic and mutagenic through the formation of strand breaks and covalent U?DNA adducts. Thus the health risks for uranium exposure could go beyond those for radiation exposure.
1943 MANHATTAN PROJECT BLUEPRINT FOR DEPLETED URANIUM
In a declassified memo to General Leslie R. Groves, dated October 30, 1943, three of the top physicists in the Manhattan Project, Dr James B Conant, A H Compton, and H C Urey, made their recommendation, as members of the Subcommittee of the S-1 Executive Committee, on the ?Use of Radioactive Materials as a Military Weapon?:
"As a gas warfare instrument the material would be ground into particles of microscopic size to form dust and smoke and distributed by a ground-fired projectile, land vehicles, or aerial bombs. In this form it would be inhaled by personnel. The amount necessary to cause death to a person inhaling the material is extremely small ? There are no known methods of treatment for such a casualty ? it will permeate a standard gas mask filter in quantities large enough to be extremely damaging."
As a Terrain Contaminant:
"To be used in this manner, the radioactive materials would be spread on the ground either from the air or from the ground if in enemy controlled territory. In order to deny terrain to either side except at the expense of exposing personnel to harmful radiations ? Areas so contaminated by radioactive material would be dangerous until the slow natural decay of the material took place ? for average terrain no decontaminating methods are known. No effective protective clothing for personnel seems possible of development. ? Reservoirs or wells would be contaminated or food poisoned with an effect similar to that resulting from inhalation of dust or smoke."...
Described as the Trojan Horse of nuclear war, depleted uranium is the weapon that keeps killing. The half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years, the age of the earth. And, as Uranium-238 decays into daughter radioactive products, in four steps before turning into lead, it continues to release more radiation at each step. There is no way to turn it off, and there is no way to clean it up. It meets the US Government?s own definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction....
After forming microscopic and submicroscopic insoluble Uranium oxide particles on the battlefield, they remain suspended in air and travel around the earth as a radioactive component of atmospheric dust, contaminating the environment, indiscriminately killing, maiming and causing disease in all living things where rain, snow and moisture remove it from the atmosphere. Global radioactive contamination from atmospheric testing was the equivalent of 40,000 Hiroshima bombs, and still contaminates the atmosphere and lower orbital space today. The amount of low level radioactive pollution from depleted uranium released since 1991, is many times more (deposited internally in the body), than was released from atmospheric testing fallout...
And again from above source
"After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to death. When I saw my deformed grandson, I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good, different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape." (Jooma Khan of Laghman province, March 2003)
Originally posted by Karlhungis
reply to post by crisko
it is an American Victory.
What exactly did we win?
We are effectively being kicked out. The people who started this war are trying their best to broker a binding long term presence there. The Iraqi govt is not having it and is trying to demand our withdrawal. That doesn't sound like a victory to me.
We won the war. We killed far more of them than they did of us but what was it all for? Is the world a safer place? Will fewer Iraqi's die from 2003-forward now that Saddam is gone?
Defense contractors are now rich. Oil producing countries are now insanely wealthy. Oil companies now have some sweet contracts. Our economy is in tatters. Our constitution is no longer valid.
Originally posted by Dermo
The US is just repositioning itself for an Israeli attack on Iran!
And how did America win???
I thought the official story is that the Us was supposed to be toppling a dictatorship - not invading a defenseless country to win anything. And how do you win against a guerilla army in a foreign country anyway?
Obviously the official story is now known to be complete crap, seeing as with the slaughter of countless innocents and all that - there must've been another agenda