Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Depleted Uranium

      I have posted on this subject a couple of times on fatcat politics.   This issue is of such prime concern for the troops and the civilians that have been exposed to Depleted Uranium, the use of such similar weapons being a war crime.

This ostrich tactic of trying to ignore this problem has been the attitude of several administrations, not only for Bush amd Cheney.   It is an outrage that weapons like this are used so hazardously.   More attention to it should be a priority.

This issue has been smouldering on the public radar since the first Gulf War I.   Now we are seeing people from 'Iraqi Freedom' suffering along with the thousands from the first war.   - fc

Wired News
Wires
U.S. Soldiers Are Sick of It
 10:20 AM Aug, 12, 2006
NEW YORK -- It takes at least 10 minutes and a large glass of orange juice to wash down all the pills -- morphine, methadone, a muscle relaxant, an antidepressant, a stool softener. Viagra for sexual dysfunction. Valium for his nerves.

Four hours later, Herbert Reed will swallow another 15 mg of morphine to cut the pain clenching every part of his body. He will do it twice more before the day is done.

Since he left a bombed-out train depot in Iraq, his gums bleed. There is more blood in his urine, and still more in his stool. Bright light hurts his eyes. A tumor has been removed from his thyroid. Rashes erupt everywhere, itching so badly they seem to live inside his skin. Migraines cleave his skull. His joints ache, grating like door hinges in need of oil.

Reed believes depleted uranium has contaminated him and his life. He now walks point in a vitriolic war over the Pentagon's arsenal of it -- thousands of shells and hundreds of tanks coated with the metal that is radioactive, chemically toxic, and nearly twice as dense as lead.

Depleted uranium is the garbage left from producing enriched uranium for nuclear weapons and energy plants. It is 60 percent as radioactive as natural uranium. The United States has an estimated 1.5 billion pounds of it, sitting in hazardous waste storage sites across the country. Meaning it is plentiful and cheap as well as highly effective.

"We all had migraines. We all felt sick," Reed says. "The doctors said, 'It's all in your head.' "

Then the medic from their unit showed up. He too, was suffering. That made eight sick soldiers from the 442nd Military Police, an Army National Guard unit made up of mostly cops and correctional officers from the New York area.

But the medic knew something the others didn't. Dutch marines had taken over the abandoned train depot dubbed Camp Smitty, which was surrounded by tank skeletons, unexploded ordnance and shell casings. They'd brought radiation-detection devices. The readings were so hot, the Dutch set up camp in the middle of the desert rather than live in the station ruins.

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Depleted Uranium Information

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The quantitative analysis of depleted uranium isotopes in British, Canadian, and U.S. Gulf War veterans.
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4 Comments:

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Wed Aug 16, 05:02:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

I personally know two people that are plenty messed up for "no reason" tha just happened to have been in the Iraqi theater. Their ailments are strikingly similar.

And of course, our "Support The Troops!" VA is insisting basically that they prove they got messed up because of something that they encountered in Iraq.

How many people do you know that break out in rashes so painful that they wind up in bed for days at a time? Repeatedly? With no medical diagnosis as to the cause?

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