Illnesses inflicted by internalisation of DEPLETED URANIUM PARTICLES
abnormal metabolism of semen: contains amine & ammonium alkaline
acute autoimmune symptoms (lung-, liver-, kidneyfailure)
acute myeloid leukemia (deadly within days or weeks)
acute immunity depression
acute respiratory failure
blood in stool & urine (occult and visible)
chronic kidney and liver disorders
chronic myeloid leukemia
chronic respiratory infections
high blood pressure
high frequency of micturition
immunity loss & general infections
joint & leg pain
loss of memory
low blood oxygen saturation ( low HbO2)
low lung volume
petit & grand mal fits
shortness of breath
skin damage: sweat glands with trapped du-particles
stiffening of fingers
unable to walk
OFFICIAL DIAGNOSIS by Governmental
Diagnosis by dr.
Source - Discounted Casualties: The Human Cost of Depleted Uranium
|World Socialist Web Site
WSWS : News & Analysis : Middle East : Iraq
By James Conachy
Citing the US military Central Command as its source, the
Post reported on September 2 that “more than 6,000 service members” had
been medically evacuated from Iraq since the launch of the war. At the
The Washington Post article did not include any further
on what is a staggering admission by the military. At no point in the
six months have the
The obvious questions that must be answered are: what were they diagnosed with; what units are they from; what duties were they were performing; what long-term effects have they suffered; and what treatment are they receiving?
While large numbers of the evacuations may well be for routine medical reasons, such a detailed breakdown is essential. Apart from providing an insight into the true impact of the war on the American troops, it may provide evidence that supports the concerns among military personnel and their families that service in Iraq is exposing them to long-term and potentially fatal medical problems. In particular, there are fears that soldiers have already died or are falling ill due to their exposure to depleted uranium (DU) or the anthrax vaccine they have been compelled to take.
On July 31, the Army Surgeon General announced an investigation into the deaths of two soldiers, Michael Tosta and Josh Neusche, and the hospitalisation of another 100, diagnosed with severe pneumonia. It has been established that inhaling large concentrations of DU-contaminated particles damages the lungs and kidneys and can cause respiratory illness. There are also recorded medical suspicions that the US military’s anthrax vaccine can trigger pneumonia. In August 2002, three military doctors noted in the Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal that a case of pneumonia in a healthy 39-year-old soldier “may be due to the anthrax vaccine”.
The US Department of Defense has only made public one progress report on the pneumonia investigation. On August 22 it announced that it was “making significant progress” in eliminating SARS and vaccines as a possible cause. It revealed that 10 alleged pneumonia cases showed a higher than normal number of the white blood cell eosinophils. It also reported that none of the 19 most severe cases belonged to the same units, that 13 had fallen ill in Iraq and that the remaining six fell ill in Kuwait, Qatar, Uzbekistan, and Djibouti. The Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner was reportedly investigating the “specific cause or causes of death” of Tosta and Neusche.
Since July 31, however, another soldier, Zeferino Colunga, has died allegedly from pneumonia while Sergeant Richard Eaton has died from a pulmonary edema or fluid in the lungs. Two other soldiers have been found dead in their beds for as yet unexplained reasons.
Such is the distrust of the military that the families of both Josh Neusche and Colunga have demanded access to their loved ones’ medical records, personal effects and blood and tissue samples, so that independent medical opinions can be sought on the cause of death. The families sent letters on August 12 to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stating: “We as a family are concerned that we are not being told the truth.”
Stephanie Tosta, the 22-year-old widow of Michael Tosta, has publicly speculated the military is lying about the cause of her husband’s death. She told United Press International last month: “More and more I think it was the [anthrax] shots. I think they [the Army] might be lying about this stuff. I really feel like it. Nobody can tell me anything. If it is the shots, then of course they are lying. We just want to know what happened and we have a right to know. But the Army is acting like they are trying to hide something, and that just makes it harder.”
The family of Rachael Lacy, a young soldier who died in the
US on April
4 from a “pneumonia-like illness” but whose death is not included in
The website of “Bring Them Home Now”—an organisation of military families demanding the immediate withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East—bluntly warns soldiers that the only guaranteed way to limit the medical consequences from exposure to DU is to “get out of Iraq or Afghanistan”.
The groups’ statement of purpose declares: “Not one more
in action. Not one more troop wounded in action. Not one more troop
psychologically damaged by the act of terrifying, humiliating, injuring
innocent people. Not one more troop spending one more day inhaling
uranium. Not one more troop separated from spouse and children. This is
the only way to truly
support these troops, and the families who are just as much part of the
military as they are.”
The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC), an advocacy organisation for veterans of the first 1991 US war on Iraq, is assisting the military families who believe they are being lied to. Among the suspected causes of a range of illnesses commonly referred to as “Gulf War syndrome” are DU exposure and complications triggered by vaccinations. By 1999, as many as 110,000 Gulf War veterans had reported health problems that they believe are due to their service in Iraq.
The sensitivity of the military hierarchy to the suspicions among rank-and-file troops, families and veterans is demonstrated by the reassurances on the official Army medical website that neither DU nor the anthrax vaccine pose a health risk. (http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/default2.htm) The US government also rejects any link between “Gulf War syndrome”, DU and vaccines. In 1998 however, the US military did finally admit that at least 436,000 American troops entered into areas during the first Gulf War that were contaminated to some extent by DU radioactive dust.
|Reporter, Banja Luka, Republika Srpska,
March 27, 2001
To the question regarding his views about the most recent UN
A few weeks ago NATO greeted with relief the reports of the
Director of the clinical-hospital center in Serb Sarajevo
"We in the hospital tried to find an answer to the question
He emphasizes that a large group of specialists from Kasin
Besides horrific statistics, the studies describe "medical
Chimneys in the ground: Zeljko Samardzic (1967) had cancer
of the large
The Samardzic family has been living near Sarajevo for more
than a hundred
Now, after everything he's been through, Samardzic feels
well. He realizes
Provocation from Brussels: As a striking example of the
effect of the
Besides me there were sick soldiers from different
countries, an Englishman
1995 - 43 patients - 22 died
Between 1996 and 2000 there were 18 deaths caused by acute
|Subject[du-list] USUK DU-Genocide
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Subject: GULF WAR ILLNESS SYMPTOMS 3 corrections DU-Genocide forever
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 18:56:10 +0530
From: "Rajan M Alexander" <email@example.com>
To: "Hans de Jonge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IRAQ: IT’S NOT BOMBS, RPGS AND MINES THAT KILLS ALONE
Depleted Uranium – The Invisible Killer by Rajan Alexander, Development Consultancy Group, Bangalore
(Gulf War I = Irak-Iran 1982 - 1989)
Meanwhile in the US, a lawsuit filed on behalf of 100,000 Gulf War 1 veterans, sent shock waves down the Bush administration, 11 corporate establishments and 33 banks who allegedly helped Saddam Hussein amass Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the eighties, despite open knowledge that he used these same weapons against the Iranians and the Kurdish minority in Iraq. The lawyer for the plaintiff quoted by Associated Press (AP) said "These companies have to be held accountable or they'll do this same thing in the future with some other tyrant."
It is estimated that up to half the 697,000 Gulf War 1 veterans are demonstrating signs of “Gulf Syndrome”. As in the UK, the Department of Defense (DoD) in the US has been in the center of a raging storm for mishandling health issues of Gulf War 1 veterans, often resorting to bureaucratic technicalities to withhold treatment and compensation. This lawsuit is just an expression of this growing resentment.
According to the Guardian, at least 100 Coalition troops
from the USUK
attack on Iraq are demonstrating mystery pneumonia-like symptoms. It is
a matter of speculation how many more have died due to such ailments,
when only half the reported US casualties (over 145) suffered since May
1st 2003 is officially categorized as being killed in action. Families
of troops are demanding immediate answers. Take the case of Josh
a former track star from Missouri, now serving in Iraq. He wrote home
he was chosen to do some secret hauling mission on June 26th. Five days
later, Josh was in coma with the military authorities medically
him, depriving him of any salary entitlements or health compensation.
July 12th, Josh died unsung. Another case is Zeferino E. Colungo, a
from Texas. Colungo died after battling an unexplained pneumonia-like
His family wrote angrily to Ronald Rumsfeld “"We deserve to know why a
healthy young man who was supposedly screened and determined fit for
would suddenly die. It is our right to receive honest answers."
Era of Mini-Nuke Wars
Dr. Leuren Moret takes great pride to flaunt his credentials as a whistleblower on the nuclear establishment. Moret who previously worked with the Lawrence Berkeley Lab considers it significant that soon after the 2003 USUK attack the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted that cancer incidences would increase by 50% by 2020. This comes as no surprise to Moret since huge amounts of DU had been used in Iraq – “Radiation has no borders, respects no races or socio-economic classes…it’s going to get all of us”. Moret should know best. Her specialty study is atmospheric dust and their capability to free float from one part of the world to another.
Moret quotes official US military memos, which describe the need to develop weaponry that uses radioactive materials, including DU to be deployed in the battlefield. These memos include evidence of long-term test results on human beings, plants and animals. According to Moret, once these materials are grinded to 0.1µ [1/10 of micron], these (alpha) particles are smaller than bacteria and behave almost as a gas – diffusing in the lungs and bloodstream. Their size makes it difficult to protect victims even if gas masks are used – at least 70% of these alpha particles will penetrate the state-of-art HEPA filters distributed to coalition troops in Gulf War II. She describes what happens when these particles enter the bloodstream:
“After uranium metal burns...and depleted uranium is pyrophoric-burns when it heats to 170° C. So, as soon as they shoot them, and the surface of the weapon heats up to 170° C, it starts burning. And you can see them. They look like tracers going through the air on the battlefield. They are creating billions and billions and billions of superfine particles. These did not settle out by gravity. Gravitational forces do not pull them out of the air. They stay suspended. They act like a radioactive gas. And we know-I work with 8 independent scientists-we've measured depleted uranium, which after it burns, is very very insoluble. It forms oxides that will almost not dissolve. And because they will not dissolve, they will not dissolve and body fluids. And so, the body cannot excrete them through the kidneys in the urine. These particles are like fairy dust. They go everywhere that is red blood cell or a white blood cell will go. And they stay in the body-millions and billions of them. These alpha particles tear through the cell. They tear through the membrane, which damages the immune system. They tear through the mitochondria, which is your energy system. They tear through the DNA, causing mutations.”
99.8% of DU is constituted by Uranium 238, whose half-life is 4.5 billon years – equivalent to those estimated as the age of earth. As DU decays, it gradually assumes a ten-fold increase in radioactivity by the end of a million years, when it reaches a state of equilibrium. Accordingly, the bombed sites will not decrease but increase in radioactive potency over time. In short, DU facilitates weaponry that continues in its lethalness even after the war is over. The people of Iraq may bear much of the brunt of its lethality. However, the impact of DU through atmospheric free-floats can reach any corner of the world. More over, the signature effect of its lethality is that it can kill most inhumanely and indiscriminately. It is for these reasons why peace activists all over the world has cried for its unequivocal ban and for prosecution of Bush, Blair and Howard for crimes against humanity for using such weaponry.
Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Gulf War 1 saw the first break of war convention of not using nuclear weapons. After that followed the Balkans, Afghanistan and Gulf War II. It is estimated that the US used 340 or more tons of DU during Gulf War 1, under 100 tons in Bosnia and Kosovo and over 1000 tons in Afghanistan. Estimates of DU used for Gulf War II are over 5000 tons. Moret considers these mini-nukes as similar to the fourth generation nuclear weapons being currently developed by the US. These weaponry needed to be used so that the effects of DU on health and environment can be studied.
The Idaho Statesman reported that soon after September 11th the U.S. announced it would stockpile tactical nuclear weapons, including small neutron bombs, nuclear mines and shells suited to conduct warfare. Commenting on the bunker buster bombs, George Smith writes in the Village Voice, "Built ram tough, with a heavy metal casing for smashing through the earth and concrete, the B61-11 explodes with a force of an estimated 340,000 tons of TNT. It is lots of bang for the buck, literally two apocalypse bombs in one-a boosted plutonium firecracker, call the primary, and a heavy hydrogen secondary for the good old fashioned H-bomb fireball."
If any more corroboration is needed, the Uranium Medical Research Center reports that urine samples of Afghanis show the highest level of uranium in the world. Afghanis are reported to be dying, demonstrating similar symptoms as the Gulf Syndrome. Dead birds, still perched in trees, are found partially melted, with blood oozing from their mouths. Such scenario is now repeated in Iraq, albeit on a wider scale. As in Afghanistan, the genetic future of Iraqis is destroyed. What if some of their ire was expressed through retaliatory bombings of the Jordanian Embassy, UN Office or the Najaf Mosque? Surely, all these acts of “terrorism” simply pale into insignificance the most heinous crime committed against the Iraqi nation.
A Japanese journalist wrote about the fallout of DU in a
Discounted Casualities. In it are tragic cases of such as Gulf War 1
returning home only to find that intercourse with their wives leave
vaginal areas burning and without sensation and their semen
with DU. In a study conducted of 251 Gulf War 1 veterans who prior to
had normal children, 67% of their children born after their return were
found physical, psychologically and/or mentally abnormal. The Veterans
Administration – a unit of the US military conducted this study.
the existence of such studies, the causal linkages of DU to Gulf
are still officially denied. Many among the coalition forces now
in Iraq are simply not aware of the plight of Gulf War 1 veterans.
who knew, took the precaution of depositing their sperm with a sperm
before departing to Iraq.
Beating US Pressure to Send Troops
Four months after Bush Jnr. declared cessation of hostilities, it is apparent that USUK forces are trapped in a quagmire in Iraq, increasingly being described as a Mecca for terrorists. Iraq has proved ungovernable by the occupiers, with rampant crime, making security a nightmare for occupying forces. The Guardian last month brought out an article entitled "'Bring us home': GIs flood US with war-weary emails." The article quoted a soldier named Kindblade – “‘the rules of engagement are crippling. We are outnumbered. We are exhausted. We are in over our heads. The President says, "Bring 'em on." The generals say we don't need more troops. Well, they're not over here'." Their desperation gets even more pathetic as many troops in Iraq are now learning that their wives and girl friends are planning to leave them on the fear that they will come home, (assuming they survive their posting), significantly disabled due to DU overexposure and consequently jobless.
Costs of the occupation of Iraq are cascading with the coalition forces unable to pump out Iraqi oil into the global markets to generate revenue to offset the costs of occupation and reconstruction. Reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts have themselves come to a halt with aid agency and contracting personnel taking to their heels. Recent opinion polls indicate that only one of out five British trust Tony Blair. Approval ratings of Bush have plunged with the latest Zogby poll suggesting that he trails a generic democrat presidential challenger 45-48%.
With realization of defeat, the US now proposes to introduce a new UN resolution to permit countries that opposed the war like India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Russia and China to join a multi-national force led by the US. India is expected to contribute a force as large as 18,000 troops and as such viewed as a jewel in their eyes. We can never tell what turn diplomacy can take. It is possible that India’s ruling NDA coalition may succumb to US pressures, and using such a new UN resolution as a fig leaf, condemn more troops to a fate worse than death by serving in Iraq.
If this is to be avoided than a concerted campaign has to be initiated now. Articles on this subject need to be circulated as widely as possible so that a media debate is enabled. We need to ensure that this information reaches our forces and their immediate families and those retired members of our armed forces, particularly those represented in parliament. If at all the sacrifice of our people is unavoidable, let us ensure that the fate of USUK DU victims do not befall our troops and that USUK are held responsible for compensating them and their heirs for any symptoms resembling the Gulf Syndrome.
If we fail even in this attempt, can it be ensured that all troops to be posted in Iraq be at least permitted to deposit their sperm in a sperm bank to protect their genetic inheritance and the right to normal procreation? We can always dump our political leaders, but this is the very least we owe our troops, who for no fault of their own, could end up being reduced to cannon fodder just to ensure that Bush Jnr. is at last elected legally and the Bush cartel profits from its oil/arms business!