US / NATO Allies GUILTY of War Crimes? Using Depleted Uranium Weaponry is CRIMINAL!
After 2 Atom Bombs were dropped on Japan to end WWII, we witnessed a Nuclear Arms race between the super powers that went on for decades – the Cold War. And when the US and the Soviet Union finally came to an agreement to end the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the entire world breathed a collective sigh of relief. The fear of the end of humanity by nuclear holocaust was over – for a while… There was still the threat of a non-super-power developing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) but, that was going to be policed by the UN so we wouldn’t have to worry about it. Right…
Then came the Gulf War – less than 10 years after the Cold War ended – and the US began using Depleted Uranium in its munitions. What is Depleted Uranium and why is it being used in ammunition, missiles and bombs? To common folk, the word “depleted” means: consume, exhaust supply, empty. So, when they hear the term, it doesn’t ‘sound’ bad – after all, it’s ‘depleted’. In this case, however, that’s a deceptive misnomer. There’s nothing “depleted” about it…
Depleted uranium is the by-product from ‘enriching’ uranium ore – separating U-235 uranium from the ore for use in nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. What’s left over is U-238 uranium or, Depleted Uranium (DU). So, the only thing ‘depleted’ about it is the U-235 uranium is gone. It’s still highly radioactive, with a half-life of ONLY, 4.5 BILLION YEARS. And the US Department of Energy (DOE) is sitting on over 500,000 TONS of this stuff. So, if the military wants to use DU in its munitions, the DOE sees that as utilization of waste material. Isn’t that special? And, to make matters worse, as DU breaks down, which is a continuous process, it creates something called Protactinium-234, which radiates beta particles known to cause cancer and birth defects.
DU is more dense than steel and lead so, when it’s used in, for example, an anti-tank missile, the missile can punch through the steel armor of the tank like a hot knife through butter. The heat from that penetration is so intense that 70% of the DU incinerates, creating a cloud of uranium dust that is blown by the wind, inhaled and absorbed through the skin of humans and animals, pollutes the soil and groundwater, and enters the food chain.
While the US military continues to deny that the thousands of Gulf War veterans afflicted with “Gulf War Syndrome” is not the result of exposure to DU, it doesn’t take a genius to look at the symptoms of neurological disorders, leukemia and the birth defects of these veteran’s post war children, among other symptoms, as being related to over exposure to radiation. Southern Iraq saw a huge increase in birth defects, cancers, and neurologic disorders in the years following the Gulf War, where approximately 400 tons (that’s 800,000 pounds) of DU were reportedly used.
In the War with Iraq, it’s estimated that another 1,200 Tons ( 2,400,000 pounds) have been ‘used’ by the Allied forces. In the last few years, there has been a 1,000 percent increase in birth defects in newborns in Fallujah, alone. Children with neurological problems are on the rise. Imagine that, your children go outside to play, unaware that the ground has been covered with a radioactive dust carried there by the wind. They get some dirt in their eyes, or touch their mouth, or breathe in a little dust when the wind kicks up. Their odds of living a full, healthy life have just been shot to hell.
Depleted Uranium munitions have not only been used in Iraq but, Afghanistan as well. The Israelis reportedly have used it in Lebanon and, the Allied forces are currently using it in Libya. The ammunition that just keeps on killing… The use of DU guarantees an everlasting medical disaster for the CIVILIANS living in these countries – as Collateral Damage. If these aren’t Weapons of Mass Destruction, then what are they?
But, munitions of war at some far-off place is not the only place where this ‘waste material’ is used. Due to its high density (about twice that of lead), DU is used for counterweights in civilian aircraft. So, after you’ve picked up a dose of radiation courtesy of the TSA scanners at the airport, you run the risk of being exposed to the radiation of the beta particles emitted from the Protactinium-234 (see above) while you’re in the airplane.
The use of Depleted Uranium is criminal.
People of the world, these senseless wars for profit have got to stop. All of these wars are about money – keeping the war machine, the corporations that profit from war, in business. It’s all about greed and control of resources. Our current world leaders don’t go to war – they send the sons and daughters and mothers and fathers of the middle and lower income classes, who they have brainwashed into becoming killing machines for the interests of an elite few, who profit from these wars. It’s time for humanity to stand up for the rights of All Life and say STOP. If we don’t, we’re on course for WWIII when the money system crashes. The senseless killing of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, and the destruction of this earth, must come to an end, if humanity is to survive.
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