Impact of Depleted Uranium Weapons

Madeleine Albright, when she was asked on television whether she thought the deaths of half a million children was a price worth paying, said: "This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it, yes."

According to Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon’s Depleted-Uranium Project, “numerous US Department of Defense reports have stated that the consequences of DU were unknown. That is a lie. They were told. They were warned.”

Furthermore, Rokke’s assessment of the consequences of DU, consequences that are part of the astronomical increase in varieties of cancers among Iraqi children, provides chilling evidence of the lethal impact of depleted uranium: “DU is the stuff of nightmares. It is toxic, radioactive and pollutes for 4500 million years. It causes lymphoma, neuro-psychotic disorders and short-term memory damage. In semen, it causes birth defects and trashes the immune system.”
Dirty Bombs, Blowback, and Imperial Projections by Fran Shor

The effects of DU weapons is being studied in veterans, United Nations peace keepers, children, and civilians. The effects in veterans and United Nations peacekeepers has been called Balkans Syndrome. The effects on American and British veterans is called Gulf War Syndrome. For example, A study in Mississippi showed that 67% of the children born to Gulf War veterans had birth defects. The effects on civilians and children have appeared in birth defects, cancer, leukemia, and other radiation-related diseases.

More Information

The following links describe some of the scientific evidence from studies and personal accounts of the horrors of DU weapons. This is a limited list. Please search the Internet for more information:

Articles by region:

Iraq and Gulf War Vets
Afghanistan
Balkans and NATO Vets
Puerto Rico

General Articles:

Use of DU: A Crime Against Humanity by Doug Rokke. Ph.D.
http://prop1.org/2000/du/00du/000413dr.htm

The New Enlightenment Journal article: The Depleted Uranium Cover-up by Michelle Mairesse.
http://www.hermes-press.com/depluran.htm

Dirty Bombs, Blowback, and Imperial Projections by Fran Shor
http://commondreams.org/views02/0612-05.htm

Reaching Critical Will is a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. The page contains information about the DU weapons manufacturers and the dirty nuclear fuel cycle.
http://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/dd/ddindex.html

Philip Berrigan’s final statement on nuclear horrors:
http://commondreams.org/news2002/1206-01.htm

Depleted Uranium In Bunker Bombs: America's big dirty secret by Robert James Parsons
http://MondeDiplo.com/2002/03/03uranium

Review of Radioactivity, Military Use, and Health Effects of Depleted Uranium compiled by Vladimir S. Zajic:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/europe/2001/depleted_uranium/default.stm

Military Toxics Project campaign against depleted uranium weapons.
http://www.miltoxproj.org/DU/DU_Titlepage/DU_Titlepage.htm



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