Saturday, June 24, 2006

Depleted Uranium: The 5th Nuclear War

When you get done being excited by Richard Santorum and company about chemical shells in Iraq - which, by the way, many believe were provided from the USA to Saddam back before the 1st Gulf War, in a deal most likely struck by Donald Rumsfeld - take a moment to contemplate our use of depleted uranium and what it means to the rights of the unborn in Iraq and elsewhere. If that doesn't bother you, remember the stuff has killed or disabled thousands of our own troops, as well. Counting World War 2, we are now in the 5th nuclear war, but don't be too alarmed. The stuff will eventually disappear. I believe the half life is 4.5 billion years. Here's one paragraph from the linked article.

"When speaking of the quantities of DU used in various wars it is worth
understanding that the amount of uranium used in the bomb that
destroyed Hiroshima was approximately 13kg, about the size of a
two-litre milk container. A Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has
calculated that in terms of the atomicity, (the amount of radiation
produced), a ton of DU used on the battlefield releases the equivalent
of 100 Hiroshima bombs worth of radiation released into the atmosphere.
Thus when experts refer to the 2000 tons of DU dropped on Iraq in the
past three years, what is being released in the Iraqi atmosphere, and
then spreading worldwide, is the equivalent of 200,000 Hiroshima bombs.
The total amount of DU the US has used since 1991 is approximately 4600 tons (1000 in the first Gulf War, 800 in Kosovo, 800 in Afghanistan and a further 2000 tons in the current Iraq war.) This amounts to approximately 460,000 Hiroshima bombs, ten times the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from all previous nuclear testing worldwide."
Legacy of Treason Depleted Uranium and the Poisoning of Humanity :: from :: news from occupied Iraq - ch:


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