Sunday, March 20, 2005
The war kills long after it's over.
11,000 US soldiers dead from DU poisoning
Considering the tons of depleted uranium used by the U.S., the Iraq war can truly be called a nuclear war. ... Writing in Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter No. 169, Arthur N. Bernklau, executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law in New York, stated, "The real reason for Mr. Principi's departure was really never given, however a special report published by eminent scientist Leuren Moret naming depleted uranium as the definitive cause of the 'Gulf War Syndrome' has fed a growing scandal about the continued use of uranium munitions by the US Military."
Bernklau continued, "This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed."
He added, "Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of 'Disabled Vets' means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!" The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam. ...
"Terry Jamison, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, at the VA Central Office, recently reported that 'Gulf Era Veterans' now on medical disability, since 1991, number 518,739 Veterans," said Berklau.
"The long-term effects have revealed that DU (uranium oxide) is a virtual death sentence," stated Berklau. "Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist, who retired from the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, and was also involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets the new and rapid malignancies in the soldiers (from the 2003 Iraq War) as 'spectacular -- and a matter of concern!'" END QUOTE.
Depleted uranium has the potential to turn the human genome into a historical document, and to eliminate our capacity to reproduce as humans from one generation to the next. The features we recognize and treasure are in danger, the second death is stalking us, thanks to the greed and imperialism of the United States. More evidence yet of the dehumanization of American culture, which is taking its toll on individuals, American, foreign, military and civilian. War is the imperative of the institution, and the institution, the creation of elites, is sickening us, cheapening the illness while saying it's not worth treating, and turning our bodies into blasted saplings.