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"Use of DU is a crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time." Iraq military vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die." by James Denver 2005.4.29 rense.com/general64/du.htm

"I'm horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car."

The speaker is not some alarmist doom-sayer. He is Dr. Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best-kept secret of this war: the fact that, by illegally using hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) against Iraq, Britain and America have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis but the whole world.

For these weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that-whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds - there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate-including Britain. For the wind has no boundaries and time is on their side: the radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years and can cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects - killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.

These weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate - including Britain. Yet, officially, no crime has been committed. For this story is a dirty story in which the facts have been concealed from those who needed them most. It is also a story we need to know if the people of Iraq are to get the medical care they desperately need, and if our troops, returning from Iraq, are not to suffer as terribly as the veterans of other conflicts in which depleted uranium was used.

'Depleted' uranium is in many ways a misnomer. For 'depleted' sounds weak. The only weak thing about depleted uranium is its price. It is dirt cheap, toxic, waste from nuclear power plants and bomb production. However, uranium is one of earth's heaviest elements and DU packs a Tyson's punch, smashing through tanks, buildings and bunkers with equal ease, spontaneously catching fire as it does so, and burning people alive. 'Crispy critters' is what US servicemen call those unfortunate enough to be close. And, when John Pilger encountered children killed at a greater distance he wrote: "The children's skin had folded back, like parchment, revealing veins and burnt flesh that seeped blood, while the eyes, intact, stared straight ahead. I vomited." (Daily Mirror)

The millions of radioactive uranium oxide particles released when it burns can kill just as surely, but far more terribly. They can even be so tiny they pass through a gas mask, making protection against them impossible. Yet, small is not beautiful. For these invisible killers indiscriminately attack men, women, children and even babies in the womb-and do the gravest harm of all to children and unborn babies.

Doctors in Iraq have estimated that birth defects have increased by 2-6 times, and 3-12 times as many children have developed cancer and leukaemia since 1991. Moreover, a report published in The Lancet in 1998 said that as many as 500 children a day are dying from these sequels to war and sanctions and that the death rate for Iraqi children under 5 years of age increased from 23 per 1000 in 1989 to 166 per thousand in 1993. Overall, cases of lymphoblastic leukemia more than quadrupled with other cancers also increasing 'at an alarming rate'. In men, lung, bladder, bronchus, skin, and stomach cancers showed the highest increase. In women, the highest increases were in breast and bladder cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

On hearing that DU had been used in the Gulf in 1991, the UK Atomic Energy Authority sent the Ministry of Defense a special report on the potential damage to health and the environment. It said that it could cause half a million additional cancer deaths in Iraq over 10 years. In that war the authorities only admitted to using 320 tons of DU-although the Dutch charity LAKA estimates the true figure is closer to 800 tons. Many times that may have been spread across Iraq by this year's war. The devastating damage all this DU will do to the health and fertility of the people of Iraq now, and for generations to come, is beyond imagining.

The radioactivity persists for over 4,500,000,000 years killing millions of every age for centuries to come. This is a crime against humanity which may rank with the worst atrocities of all time.

We must also count the numberless thousands of miscarried babies. Nobody knows how many Iraqis have died in the womb since DU contaminated their world. But it is suggested that troops who were only exposed to DU for the brief period of the war were still excreting uranium in their semen 8 years later and some had 100 times the so-called 'safe limit' of uranium in their urine. The lack of government interest in the plight of veterans of the 1991 war is reflected in a lack of academic research on the impact of DU but informal research has found a high incidence of birth defects in their children and that the wives of men who served in Iraq have three times more miscarriages than the wives of servicemen who did not go there.

Since DU darkened the land Iraq has seen birth defects which would break a heart of stone: 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.

Doctors report that many women no longer say 'Is it a girl or a boy?' but simply, 'Is it normal, doctor?' Moreover this terrible legacy will not end. The genes of their parents may have been damaged for ever, and the damaging DU dust is ever-present.

What the governments of America and Britain have done to the people of Iraq they have also done to their own soldiers, in both wars. And they have done it knowingly. For the battlefields have been thick with DU and soldiers have had to enter areas heavily contaminated by bombing. Moreover, their bodies have not only been assaulted by DU but also by a vaccination regime which violated normal protocols, experimental vaccines, nerve agent pills, and organophosphate pesticides in their tents. Yet, though the hazards of DU were known, British and American troops were not warned of its dangers. Nor were they given thorough medical checks on their return-even though identifying it quickly might have made it possible to remove some of it from their body. Then, when a growing number became seriously ill, and should have been sent to top experts in radiation damage and neurotoxins, many were sent to a psychiatrist.

Over 200,000 US troops who returned from the 1991 war are now invalided out with ailments officially attributed to service in Iraq-that's 1 in 3. In contrast, the British government's failure to fully assess the health of returning troops, or to monitor their health, means no one even knows how many have died or become gravely ill since their return. However, Gulf veterans' associations say that, of 40,000 or so fighting fit men and women who saw active service, at least 572 have died prematurely since coming home and 5000 may be ill. An alarming number are thought to have taken their own lives, unable to bear the torment of the innumerable ailments which have combined to take away their career, their sexuality, their ability to have normal children, and even their ability to breathe or walk normally. As one veteran puts it, they are 'on DU death row, waiting to die'.

Whatever other factors there may be, some of their illnesses are strikingly similar to those of Iraqis exposed to DU dust. For example, soldiers have also fathered children without eyes. And, in a group of eight servicemen whose babies lack eyes seven are known to have been directly exposed to DU dust.

They too have fathered children with stunted arms, and rare abnormalities classically associated with radiation damage. They too seem prone to cancer and leukemia. Tellingly, so are EU soldiers who served as peacekeepers in the Balkans, where DU was also used. Indeed their leukemia rate has been so high that several EU governments have protested at the use of DU.

Despite all that evidence of the harm done by DU, governments on both sides of the Atlantic have repeatedly claimed that as it emits only 'low level' radiation DU is harmless. Award-winning scientist, Dr. Rosalie Bertell who has led UN medical commissions, has studied 'low-level' radiation for 30 years. She has found that uranium oxide particles have more than enough power to harm cells, and describes their pulses of radiation as hitting surrounding cells 'like flashes of lightning' again and again in a single second. Like many scientists worldwide who have studied this type of radiation, she has found that such 'lightning strikes' can damage DNA and cause cell mutations which lead to cancer.

Moreover, these particles can be taken up by body fluids and travel through the body, damaging more than one organ. To compound all that, Dr. Bertell has found that this particular type of radiation can cause the body's communication systems to break down, leading to malfunctions in many vital organs of the body and to many medical problems. A striking fact, since many veterans of the first Gulf war suffer from innumerable, seemingly unrelated, ailments.

In addition, recent research by Eric Wright, Professor of Experimental Haematology at Dundee University, and others, have shown two ways in which such radiation can do far more damage than has been thought. The first is that a cell which seems unharmed by radiation can produce cells with diverse mutations several cell generations later. (And mutations are at the root of cancer and birth defects.) This 'radiation-induced genomic instability' is compounded by 'the bystander effect' by which cells mutate in unison with others which have been damaged by radiation-rather as birds swoop and turn in unison. Put together, these two mechanisms can greatly increase the damage done by a single source of radiation, such as a DU particle. Moreover, it is now clear that there are marked genetic differences in the way individuals respond to radiation-with some being far more likely to develop cancer than others. So the fact that some veterans of the first Gulf war seem relatively unharmed by their exposure to DU in no way proves that DU did not damage others.

That the evidence from Iraq and from our troops, and the research findings of such experts, have been ignored may be no accident. A US report, leaked in late 1995, allegedly says, 'The potential for health effects from DU exposure is real; however it must be viewed in perspective... the financial implications of long-term disability payments and healthcare costs would be excessive.

Clearly, with hundreds of thousands gravely ill in Iraq and at least a quarter of a million UK and US troops seriously ill, huge disability claims might be made not only against the governments of Britain and America if the harm done by DU were acknowledged. There might also be huge claims against companies making DU weapons and some of their directors are said to be extremely close to the White House. How close they are to Downing Street is a matter for speculation, but arms sales makes a considerable contribution to British trade. So the massive whitewashing of DU over the past 12 years, and the way that governments have failed to test returning troops, seemed to disbelieve them, and washed their hands of them, may be purely to save money.

The possibility that financial considerations have led the governments of Britain and America to cynically avoid taking responsibility for the harm they have done not only to the people of Iraq but to their own troops may seem outlandish. Yet DU weapons weren't used by the other side and no other explanation fits the evidence. For, in the days before Britain and America first used DU in war its hazards were no secret. One American study in 1990 said DU was 'linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and to] chemical toxicity-causing kidney damage'. While another openly warned that exposure to these particles under battlefield conditions could lead to cancers of the lung and bone, kidney damage, non-malignant lung disease, neuro-cognitive disorders, chromosomal damage and birth defects.

In 1996 and 1997 UN Human Rights Tribunals condemned DU weapons for illegally breaking the Geneva Convention and classed them as 'weapons of mass destruction' 'incompatible with international humanitarian and human rights law'. Since then, following leukemia in European peacekeeping troops in the Balkans and Afghanistan (where DU was also used), the EU has twice called for DU weapons to be banned.

Yet, far from banning DU, America and Britain stepped up their denials of the harm from this radioactive dust as more and more troops from the first Gulf war and from action and peacekeeping in the Balkans and Afghanistan have become seriously ill. This is no coincidence. In 1997, while citing experiments, by others, in which 84 percent of dogs exposed to inhaled uranium died of cancer of the lungs, Dr. Asaf Durakovic, then Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington was quoted as saying, 'The [US government's] Veterans Administration asked me to lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human body.' He concluded, 'uranium does cause cancer, uranium does cause mutation, and uranium does kill. If we continue with the irresponsible contamination of the biosphere, and denial of the fact that human life is endangered by the deadly isotope uranium, then we are doing disservice to ourselves, disservice to the truth, disservice to God and to all generations who follow.' Not what the authorities wanted to hear and his research was suddenly blocked.

During 12 years of ever-growing British whitewash the authorities have abolished military hospitals, where there could have been specialized research on the effects of DU and where expertise in treating DU victims could have built up. And, not content with the insult of suggesting the gravely disabling symptoms of Gulf veterans are imaginary they have refused full pensions to many. For, despite all the evidence to the contrary, the current House of Commons briefing paper on DU hazards says 'it is judged that any radiation effects from possible exposures are extremely unlikely to be a contributory factor to the illnesses currently being experienced by some Gulf war veterans.' Note how over a quarter of a million sick and dying US and UK vets are called 'some'.

Britain and America not only used DU in this year's Iraq war, they dramatically increased its use-from a minimum of 320 tons in the previous war to at minimum of 1500 tons in this one. And this time the use of DU wasn't limited to anti-tank weapons-as it had largely been in the previous Gulf war-but was extended to the guided missiles, large bunker busters and big 2000-pound bombs used in Iraq's cities. This means that Iraq's cities have been blanketed in lethal particles-any one of which can cause cancer or deform a child. In addition, the use of DU in huge bombs which throw the deadly particles higher and wider in huge plumes of smoke means that billions of deadly particles have been carried high into the air-again and again and again as the bombs rained down-ready to be swept worldwide by the winds.

The Royal Society has suggested the solution is massive decontamination in Iraq. That could only scratch the surface. For decontamination is hugely expensive and, though it may reduce the risks in some of the worst areas, it cannot fully remove them. For DU is too widespread on land and water. How do you clean up every nook and cranny of a city the size of Baghdad? How can they decontaminate a whole country in which microscopic particles, which cannot be detected with a normal geiger counter, are spread from border to border? And how can they clean up all the countries downwind of Iraq-and, indeed, the world?

So there are only two things we can do to mitigate this crime against humanity. The first is to provide the best possible medical care for the people of Iraq, for our returning troops and for those who served in the last Gulf war and, through that, minimize their suffering. The second is to relegate war, and the production and sale of weapons, to the scrap heap of history-along with slavery and genocide. Then, and only then, will this crime against humanity be expunged, and the tragic deaths from this war truly bring freedom to the people of Iraq, and of the world.

Uranio empobrecido DMP-USA en Iraq amenaza a todo el mundo
"El uso de DU es un crimen contra la humanidad que a los ojos de los historiadores, fila con las peores atrocidades de todos los tiempos". Militares de Irak veterinarios "están en el corredor de la muerte DU, esperando morir." por James Denver 2005.4.29 rense.com/general64/du.htm

"Estoy horrorizado. La gente - los iraquíes, los medios de comunicación y las tropas - riesgo de la enfermedad más terrible. Y la radiación de uranio empobrecido puede viajar literalmente en cualquier lugar. Va a destruir las vidas de miles de niños en todo el mundo. Todos sabemos hasta qué punto la radiación puede viajar. Radiación de Chernobyl llegó a Gales y en Gran Bretaña a veces obtienes polvo rojo del Sahara en su coche".

El orador no es algunos alarmistas doom-sayer. Él es el Dr. Chris Busby, el experto británico de la radiación, Fellow de la Universidad de Liverpool, el representante de la Facultad de medicina y el Reino Unido en el Comité Europeo sobre riesgos de radiación, hablando sobre el secreto mejor guardado de esta guerra: el hecho de que, utilizando ilegalmente cientos de toneladas de uranio empobrecido (DU) contra Irak, Gran Bretaña y América han puesto en grave peligro no sólo a los iraquíes sino a todo el mundo.

Para estas armas han publicado partículas mortales, cancerígenas y mutágenas, radiactivas en tal abundancia que azotado hasta por las tormentas de arena y en los vientos alisios - no hay ningún rincón del mundo no pueden penetrar, incluyendo Gran Bretaña. El viento no tiene fronteras y el tiempo está de su lado: la radioactividad persiste por más de 4.500.000.000 años y puede causar cáncer, leucemia, daño cerebral, insuficiencia renal y extremos los defectos de nacimiento - matando a millones de todas las edades para los siglos venideros. Un crimen de lesa humanidad que puede, a los ojos de los historiadores, que se alinean con las peores atrocidades de todos los tiempos.

Estas armas han aparecido partículas mortales, cancerígenas y mutágenas, radiactivas en tal abundancia que no existe ninguna esquina del globo no penetran - incluyendo Gran Bretaña. Sin embargo, oficialmente, no se ha cometido delito. Esta historia es una historia sucia en que los hechos han sido oculta de quienes más los necesitan. También es una historia que necesitamos saber si el pueblo de Irak van a obtener la atención médica que necesitan urgentemente, y si nuestras tropas, regresaba de Irak, no sufrir como terriblemente como uranio empobrecido de los veteranos de otros conflictos en los que se utilizó.

Uranio "Empobrecido" es en muchos sentidos un nombre incorrecto. Para 'agotado' sonidos débiles. La cosa sólo débil sobre el uranio empobrecido es su precio. Es barata, tóxica, residuos de plantas de energía nuclear y la producción de la bomba de la suciedad. Sin embargo, el uranio es uno de los elementos más pesados de la tierra y DU paquetes golpe de Tyson, romper a través de tanques, edificios y búnkers con igual facilidad, espontáneamente en llamas como lo hace y la quema de personas vivas. 'Crujientes critters' llamo militares de Estados Unidos los mala suerte de estar cerca. Y, cuando John Pilger encuentra niños muertos a una distancia mayor, escribió: "la piel de los niños tenía doblada hacia atrás, como pergamino, revelando las venas y la carne quemada que se filtraron de sangre, mientras que los ojos, intactos, miró fijamente hacia adelante. Vomité." (Daily Mirror)

Los millones de partículas de óxido de uranio radiactivo liberados cuando se quema pueden matar sólo como seguramente, pero mucho más terrible. Incluso pueden ser tan pequeñas que pasan a través de una máscara de gas, imposibilitando la protección contra ellos. Sin embargo, pequeñas no es hermoso. Para estos asesinos invisibles atacan indiscriminadamente a hombres, mujeres, niños y hasta bebés en el vientre- y hacer el daño más grave de todos los niños y los fetos.

Médicos en Irak han estimado que los defectos de nacimiento han aumentado por 2 - 6 veces, y 3 - 12 veces más niños han desarrollado cáncer y leucemia desde 1991. Por otra parte, un informe publicado en The Lancet en 1998 dijo que unos 500 niños al día mueren de estas secuelas de guerra y sanciones y que la tasa de mortalidad para los niños iraquíes menores de 5 años de edad aumentó de 23 por 1000 en 1989 a 166 por mil en 1993. En general, los casos de leucemia linfoblástica más que cuadruplicaron con otros cánceres también aumenta "a un ritmo alarmante". En hombres, pulmón, vejiga, bronquios, piel y estómago cánceres mostraron el mayor incremento. En las mujeres, los aumentos más altos fueron en mama, cáncer de vejiga y linfoma non-Hodgkin.

En la audiencia que DU había utilizado en el Golfo, en 1991, la autoridad de energía atómica del Reino Unido envió el Ministerio de defensa un informe especial sobre el daño potencial a la salud y el medio ambiente. Dijo que podría causar medio un millón muertes de cáncer adicional en Irak más de 10 años. En esa guerra, las autoridades sólo admitieron a usando 320 toneladas de DU-aunque la caridad holandesa LAKA estima la cifra real está más cerca de 800 toneladas. Muchas veces puede haber sido diseminado en todo Irak por guerra este año. Los devastadores daños que todos este DU hará para la salud y fertilidad de la gente de Irak ahora y para las generaciones por venir, está más allá de la imaginación. ... .... ..... ......

L'uranium appauvri d'ADM-USA en Irak menace le monde entier
« UTILISATION DU est un crime contre l'humanité qui, aux yeux des historiens, grade avec les pires atrocités de tous les temps. » Irak militaire vétérinaires « sont sur DU couloir de la mort, en attente de mourir. » par James Denver 2005.4.29 rense.com/general64/du.htm

"Je suis horrifié. Les gens là-bas - les Irakiens, les médias et les troupes - risquent la plus effroyable de mauvaise santé. Et le rayonnement de l'uranium appauvri peut voyager littéralement n'importe où. Il va détruire la vie de milliers d'enfants, partout dans le monde. Nous savons tous dans quelle mesure le rayonnement peut voyager. Radiations de Tchernobyl atteint le pays de Galles et en Angleterre vous obtenez parfois la poussière rouge du Sahara sur votre voiture."

L'orateur n'est pas certains alarmistes doom-sayer. Il est le Dr Chris Busby, l'expert britannique rayonnement, Fellow de l'Université de Liverpool, à la faculté de médecine et du Royaume-Uni représentant sur Comité européen sur les risques de Radiation, parle le secret le mieux gardé de cette guerre : le fait que, illégalement, à l'aide de centaines de tonnes d'uranium appauvri (DU) contre l'Irak, Grande-Bretagne et aux États-Unis ont gravement menacée non seulement les Irakiens, mais le monde entier.

Pour ces armes ont libéré mortelles, cancérigènes et mutagènes, radioactifs particules en si grande abondance que-attisé par les tempêtes de sable et des alizés à bord - il n'y a aucun coin du globe, ils ne peuvent pas pénétrer, dont la Grande-Bretagne. Car le vent n'a pas de limites et le temps joue en leur faveur : la radioactivité persiste pendant plus de 4,500,000,000 ans et peuvent causer le cancer, la leucémie, lésions cérébrales, insuffisance rénale et extrêmes congénitales - tuer des millions de tous les âges pour les siècles à venir. Un crime contre l'humanité qui peut, aux yeux des historiens, classer avec les pires atrocités de tous les temps.

Ces armes ont sorti les particules mortelles, cancérigènes et mutagènes, radioactifs en telle abondance qu'il n'y a aucun coin du globe qu'ils ne puissent pas pénétrer - dont la Grande-Bretagne. Pourtant, officiellement, aucun crime a été commis. Pour cette histoire est une sale histoire où les faits ont été dissimulés de ceux qui en avaient le plus besoin. C'est aussi une histoire que nous avons besoin de savoir si le peuple irakien doivent obtenir les soins médicaux que dont ils ont désespérément besoin, et si nos troupes, de retour d'Irak, ne sont pas souffrir comme terriblement comme les anciens combattants d'autres conflits où l'uranium appauvri a été utilisé.

L'uranium « Appauvri » est à bien des égards un terme mal approprié. Pour « épuisé » sons faibles. La chose que faiblement sur l'uranium appauvri est son prix. C'est la saleté bon marchée, toxique, déchets de centrales nucléaires et la production de la bombe. Toutefois, l'uranium est un des éléments plus lourds de la terre et de DU punch d'un Tyson, fracassant par le biais de réservoirs, bâtiments et bunkers avec la même facilité, spontanément prendre feu comme il le fait et le brûlage des personnes vivantes. 'Croustillants bestioles' sont ce que les militaires américains appellent ceux assez malheureux pour être proche. Et, quand John Pilger rencontrés enfants tués à une distance supérieure, il écrit: « la peau des enfants était repliée vers l'arrière, comme le parchemin, révélant des veines et chair brûlée qui s'est infiltrée de sang, alors que les yeux, intacts, regardait droit devant. J'ai vomi." (Daily Mirror)

Des millions de particules d'oxyde d'uranium radioactifs libérés lorsqu'il brûle peuvent tuer aussi sûrement, mais beaucoup plus terriblement. Ils peuvent même être si petites qu'elles transpercent un masque à gaz, ce qui rend impossible le protection contre eux. Pourtant, petit n'est pas beau. Pour ces tueurs invisibles attaquent indifféremment hommes, femmes, enfants et même les bébés dans le ventre- et faire le mal plus grave de tous les enfants et les bébés à naître.

Médecins en Irak ont estimé que les malformations congénitales ont augmenté de 2 à 6 fois, et 3 - 12 fois plus d'enfants ont développé le cancer et la leucémie depuis 1991. Par ailleurs, un article paru dans The Lancet en 1998 a déclaré que jusqu'à 500 enfants par jour meurent de ces suites de la guerre et des sanctions et que le taux de mortalité pour les enfants irakiens moins de 5 ans a augmenté de 23 pour 1000 en 1989 à 166 pour mille en 1993. Dans l'ensemble, les cas de leucémie lymphoblastique plus que quadruplé avec autres cancers aussi augmenter "à un rythme alarmant". En hommes, poumon, vessie, bronches, peau et estomac, cancers ont montré la plus forte hausse. Chez les femmes, les plus fortes hausses ont été dans le lymphome non hodgkinien, cancer du sein et cancer de la vessie.

Apprenant que DU avait servi dans le Golfe, en 1991, l'UK Atomic Energy Authority a envoyé au ministère de la défense un rapport spécial sur les dégâts potentiels pour la santé et l'environnement. Il a déclaré qu'il pourrait causer un demi-million de décès de cancer supplémentaires en Irak plus de 10 ans. Dans cette guerre, les autorités ont ne reconnu qu'à l'utilisation de 320 tonnes DU-bien que la charité néerlandaise LAKA estime le chiffre réel est plus proche de 800 tonnes. Autant de fois que peut ont été répartis à travers l'Irak par la guerre de cette année. Les dommages dévastateurs que tous DU va faire pour la santé et la fertilité du peuple de l'Irak maintenant et pour les générations à venir, sont inimaginables. ... .... ..... ......