Last post of ’08

One last post of ’08. What’s it going to be? Well, if it weren’t for Holidailies (my solemn vow) I wouldn’t post at all today. Alas, I am committed.  

So, in search of a topic, I randomly thought, “End of 2008: we’re still at war.” I googled, “US military”. You know, looking for a moving photo. Because, why shouldn’t I just post a picture like I have been for the last three weeks? 

And then I came across a post at another site about Depleted Uranium (DU). And I read some statistics that (call me gullible) I believe. Statements like this: 

  • The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has estimated that 50 tons of DU dust from the first Gulf War could lead to 500,000 cancer deaths by the year 2000. To date, a total of 2,000 tons have been generated in the Middle East.
  • In contrast, approximately 250,000 lives were claimed by the explosions and radiation released by the nuclear weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • “More than ten times the amount of radiation released during atmospheric testing [of nuclear bombs] has been released from DU weaponry since 1991,” said Leuren Moret, a U.S. nuclear scientist. “The genetic future of the Iraqi people, for the most part, is destroyed. The environment now is completely radioactive.”
  • Since the first Gulf War, the rate of birth defects and childhood cancer in Iraq has increased by seven times. 
  • More than 35 percent (251,000) of U.S. Gulf War veterans are dead or on permanent medical disability, compared with only 400 who were killed during the conflict.

I’m not going to pretend to be someone other than who I am. I’ve got chicken tikka masala arriving in a sack on the arm of a gentleman at my front door step any minute now. I’ll drink wine and ring in the new year under my down comforter while I watch a DVD of Friday Night Lights.

I’m not living in a radioactive state. But the fact of the matter is that a little boy somewhere has eyes where his ears should be and nostrils where his eyes should be, all because the weapons someone in the US decided to use employ some pretty fucked up shit. DU. Depleted Uranium. Something to learn more about in 2009.

UPDATE: Do Not Google “Depleted Uranium” image search. Really. Don’t. Seriously.

3 thoughts on “Last post of ’08

  1. You have been totally taken in. The comment about radiation equivalent to the atomic bombings of Japan is totally bogus. The radiation that was released in the atomic bombings was high level. There was a gamma flux at the time of the chain reaction; there was fallout that consisted of melted Plutonium that did not become part of the chain reaction in the Nagasaki explosion; that bomb, by the way, did not contain Uranium. It was a Plutonium bomb. I suggest that you learn a lot more about DU before getting suckered in by a propaganda campaign that started with Saddam Hussein wanting out from under the UN Sanctions at the end of the Gulf War. It has been enormously successful because people like you do not know anything about Uranium (do you know that you have it in your own backyard and eat and drink a very tiny amount of natural uranium (mainly U238, the same isotope that is used in kinetic energy penetrators) every day of your life or that there is more uranium emitted from the stacks of coal fired power plants than has been used in DU penetrators in the Gulf War, the Balkans and in Iraq in 2003. To learn this, start with these from the linked Message 88 –

    The Risks of Depleted Uranium Contamination Post-Conflict: UNEP Assessments by Mario Burger
    Director of Swiss Testing Lab Summarizes UNEP and IAEA Post Conflict DU Field and Laboratory Testing
    http://www.unidir.ch/pdf/articles/pdf-art2760.pdf

    Depleted Uranium in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Postconflict Assessment
    300 pg detailed UN Environment Programme Report
    http://postconflict.unep.ch/publications/BiH_DU_report.pdf

    Radiological Conditions in Areas of Kuwait With Residues of Depleted Uranium
    Includes Appendix III – Experiments to Examine Resuspension
    http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1164_web.pdf

    Uranium Emitted from Coal Fired Power Plants
    Even U-235 is emitted from coal fired plants
    http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html

    Do you have any friends in the Army – any with fathers who served in the Gulf War in 1991? If they served in a tank against the Iraqi Army, they still are alive because of DU – would you prefer that they had died because you believe Saddam Hussein’s propaganda?

    Tab – F – Use of DU in the Gulf War
    The effectiveness of DU as an anti-tank munition and as armor is vividly demonstrated at the top of this page
    http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/du_ii/du_ii_tabf.htm

    There are dozens more scientific reports and articles at Message 88 and if you want to learn more about the liars like Leuren Moret, Doug Rokke, etc. who have carpet bombed the internet then go to Message 87 and follow the instructions to use a guest user name and password to read the documents in the Files Section –

    I hope that you, Mary, will soon realize that you have been had by master showmen and con artists and will remove this posting in entirety. You seem too sincere to want to spread lies.

    Roger

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    Roger, Thanks for writing & for sending the links. Happy New Year.
    -Ruth

  2. I trust you on that image search. I’d rather not know.

    Happy New Year Ruth!

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    Smart move. Happy New Year to you, too, Jenn.

  3. I think Roger works for the army.

    Happy New Year Ruth! May 2009 be full of hope, love, happiness and good health for you and yours.

    Oh and let’s definitely get a cocktail in together (or two)

    xoxo

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    Ditto, Mrs. Polly! January is our month for a reunion. For sure. :)

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