Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A Horror Story: Depleted Uranium

This is a fairly lengthy article on the effects of depleted uranium, not just on the Iraqis but all that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To borrow a phrase, try not to view the article as TLDNR, (too long did not read) it should be read by everyone, particularly husbands and wives who have a partner in the Middle East.
I think it very important that those couples that have yet to start a family or those couples that plan to have more children should realise the implications and the legacy of DU.

There is one thing for sure, neither the Government or the Pentagon are going to be forthcoming over the dangers of DU contamination.

Blogger is having problems and is being selective on uploading graphics, for this article it's academic for I would have refrained from using images of the horrific birth defects that are afflicting new born Iraqi children, you can however, should you wish, Google image "Depleted Uranium."
If you are of a sensitive, or for that matter a normal disposition, the resulting images that you will find there are more than a little upsetting.

I have been aware of this awful situation for a few years now and as such it directs and fuels my anger to the despicable and hypocritical wrapped in the flag pro life "Christian" majority.

John Hanchette, a journalism professor at St. Bonaventure University, and one of the founding editors of USA Today related the following to DU researcher Leuren Moret. He stated that he had prepared news breaking stories about the effects of DU on Gulf War soldiers and Iraqi citizens, but that each time he was ready to publish, he received a phone call from the Pentagon asking him not to print the story. He has since been replaced as editor of USA Today.

By far the most devastating effect is on unborn children. Nothing can prepare anyone for the sight of hundreds of preserved fetuses, scarcely human in appearance. Iraq is now seeing babies with terribly foreshortened limbs, with their intestines outside their bodies, with huge bulging tumors where their eyes should be, or with a single eye-like Cyclops, or without eyes, or without limbs, and even without heads. Significantly, some of the defects are almost unknown outside textbooks showing the babies born near A-bomb test sites in the Pacific..........

In a group of eight U.S. led Coalition servicemen whose babies were born without eyes, seven are known to have been directly exposed to DU dust. In a group (250 soldiers) exposed during the first Gulf war, 67% of the children conceived after the war had birth defects. more


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Himself said...

Follow the money.

Thank you for the modern history lesson.

I knew the place had a very dark history under Leopold, quite awful in fact.