Depleted Uranium and Gulf War Syndrome Part 1
More and more veterans have become chronically ill from a multitude of symptoms since the end of Gulf War I. For many years the US government denied any responsibility for their mysterious symptoms. Only 7,035 men were injured in this war. A total of 580,400 soldiers served in the first Gulf War. By the end of 2000 325,000 of these troops had become disabled This means that 56 % of those who served in the first Gulf War were disabled within less than 10 years.
In August 2004 American Free Press reported that eight out of twenty men serving in one unit during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had developed malignancies. This translates into 40 % of the soldiers in that one unit developing malignancies within a 16 month period of time. What is causing these terrible health problems? Nine members of the National Guard from New York State recently returned from Iraq. These persons were deployed as Military Police. Two manmade forms of uranium were found in urine specimens from 4 of these 9 soldiers. Certainly soldiers in combat roles would be expected to have even greater exposure to inhaling depleted uranium dust.
Since 1943 the military has been aware of the extreme toxicity of uranium as a gas. A Oct 30, 1943 memo from Manhattan Project physicist James B. Conant to Brig. General L.B. Abrams stated that as a gas warfare instrument the radioactive material would be ground into microscopic particles forming dust and smoke and could be distributed by ground fired projectiles, land vehicles or aerial bombs. In this form it would be inhaled by personnel. They estimated that one millionth of a gram would be fatal. There are no known methods of treatment for such casualties. The depleted uranium DU was also recommended as a permanent terrain contaminant which could be used to destroy populations by contaminating water supplies and agricultural land with radioactive dust. Current estimates suggest that the damaged soil in Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan will need four and a half billion years to recover from the radioactive effect of DU.
Some of the uranium from shells vaporizes into particles measuring 1/10 of a micron. These particles enter the atmosphere and later fall to the ground with rain. Radioactive debris has been found at both the North and South Poles. In gaseous form the chemically toxic and radioactive uranium easily enters the body through the skin or when inhaled into the lungs. Clothing and gas masks are easily penetrated. Large missiles and bombs can disperse nearly 100 % of the DU into the atmosphere whereas only 30 % of a tank shell disperses when fired. Any soldier or civilian who breathes this gas has a permanent dose of radioactive uranium RAU.
Uranium is quite dense so it is ideal for penetrating armor. The radioactive uranium is shaped into a penetrating rod 18 inches long and inch in diameter. When these shells are fired some of the uranium contacts air and explodes into flame (pyrophoric quality). Scientists studying the biologic effects of radiation in the 1960s reported that radioactive uranium targets the DNA. Marion Fulk, a nuclear physical chemist, who had worked for both the Manhattan project and the Livermore Nuclear Weapon Lab interprets the new and rapid development of malignancies in soldiers from the 2003 war as “spectacular and a matter of concern.” She states “This is the perfect weapon (DU) for killing lots of people.”
There are three effects of depleted uranium on biologic systems -radiation, chemical and particulate. The particulate effect of nano-sized particles is the most important of these three. This appears immediately after exposure and targets the master code of DNA. Simply stated depleted uranium “trashes the body.” The DNA damage is so severe these patients develop multiple simultaneous cancers from different causes. This new syndrome has never been reported before and is unique to internal depleted uranium exposure. Such patients were seen in civilians in Yugoslavia after NATO bombing using DU bombs. There is currently an epidemic of cancer in Iraqi children.
Another horrifying consequence of DU exposure is damage to sperm causing many severe deformities in the children born to veterans of the first Gulf War. A group of 251 soldiers from Mississippi, who all had normal babies before service in Iraq, were studied. Sixty seven percent of their post war babies were born with severe birth defects. These children were missing legs, arms, organs or eyes and had immune system and blood diseases. In some Gulf War veterans families the only normal children are those who were born before serving in Iraq. The Department of Defense denies any knowledge of birth defects in Gulf War I veterans.
How Much Depleted Uranium Has Been Used?
Depleted uranium weapons were developed by the US Navy in 1968. Depleted uranium weapons were given to and used by Israel with US supervision in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 against the Arabs nations. Military research detailed the use of DU weapons at military testing grounds, bombing and gunnery ranges and civilian labs under contracts between 1974-1999. Presently 42 states have contamination from the manufacture, testing and deployment of depleted uranium. The United States has sold DU weapons to 29 countries. In Gulf War I DU weapons were used against Iraq. Between 315 and 350 tons of depleted uranium was used in that war. The current Iraq war has expended an estimated 5 times more tonnage of DU than was used in the first Gulf War.
Japanese professor, Dr. K. Yagasaki, has calculated that 800 tons of depleted uranium is the atomicity equivalent of 83,000 bombs the size of the one which struck Nagasaki. The US has used more depleted uranium since 1991 than the atomicity equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. This includes four nuclear wars (Iraq twice, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan) and is 10 times the amount of radiation released into the air from atmospheric testing. Experts from the Department of Defense say that the US Has 100 million tons of DU. Using up the DU in wars afford a convenient way to dispose of some of the radioactive uranium and thus avoid some of the huge expense that careful disposing of tons of DU would entail.
The “clean up” of 34 Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles that were erroneously hit by US missiles during this first Gulf war was supervised by Dr. Doug Rokke. Today he is suffering ill effects from DU that entered his body in the clean up. One of the problems he has is brittle teeth. The uranium displaces calcium in both teeth and bones resulting in teeth that break. The majority of US casualties in this war were from “friendly fire.” Dr. Rokke relates that DU is used because it is the most effective weapon at killing and destroying everything it hits.
Thousands of tons of depleted uranium were used for decades at four bombing and gunnery ranges in Fallon, Nevada. This usage is no doubt responsible for the fastest growing leukemia cluster in the US The military has denied that DU has anything to do with this cluster. The medical profession has been involved in the cover-up – just as they were hiding the adverse effects that low level radiation from atmospheric testing and nuclear power plants were producing.
A physician in Northern California was being trained in the Pentagon with other physicians months before the 2003 Gulf War started. They were told to diagnose and treat soldiers returning from the 2003 war for mental problems only. Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating returning soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked about the soldiers or their medical problems. They were also threatened with jail terms.
Senator Paul Wellstone informed Joyce Riley R.N., executive director of the American Gulf War Veterans Association, that 95 % of Gulf War I veterans had been recycled out of the military by 1995. Any of those continuing in military service were carefully isolated from each other, preventing critical information from being shared with new troops. One has to wonder if his airplane crash was really an accident.
My initial reaction to the 1993 Gulf War was that it was all about oil which we desperately needed. Now it appears that I was wrong. Currently there is strong evidence that we are preparing to invade Iran. Whether this invasion will be preceded by another “terrorist” attack on the US is obviously unknown. Perhaps a nuclear attack on a US city by “Arabs” would attract sufficient public opinion approval to warrant another US invasion of a sovereign nation.
My impression currently is that there may be a more insidious and sinister aspect to the invasion of Iraq. Could we be using this nuclear war as a way to lower the population of an Arab nation? Exposing all the citizens in a nation to a daily dose of radioactive uranium dust would be certain to produce very premature deaths and inability to reproduce. These irradiated nations will have huge problems with illness of their citizens and the inability of most parents to produce healthy children for succeeding generations.
Who is going to be willing to work in irradiated oil fields knowing that their life expectancy will be reduced by many years and that there is a strong possibility that they will probably never be able to have normal children. Even salaries of a million dollars annually do not sound very attractive to me to work in those irradiation contaminated oil fields. The new book The High Priests of War documents how Henry Kissinger had planned an attack against the Arab world in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This nicely coincided with a Middle Eastern oil crisis and the development of DU war capabilities.
Mr. Kissinger had been previously involved in plans (later implemented) to lower the population of blacks in Africa by using bio-warfare programs (vaccines contaminated with HIV virus). This CIA plot was code named PROJECT MKNAOMI. The details about the development of the HIV vaccine in the NIH Cancer Division are well documented in Leonard G. Horowtz’s book Emerging Viruses AIDS and Ebola Nature, Accident or Intentional?
When David J. Smith asked Vietnam Special Ops Green Beret Captain John McCarthy “who could have devised this omnicidal plan to use depleted uranium to destroy the genetic code and genetic future of large populations of Arabs and Moslems in the Middle East and Central Asia where most of the world’s oil deposits are located?” he replied “It has all the handprints of Henry Kissinger.”
Zbignew Brezinski’s new book The Grand Chess-board: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives shows a Eurasian chessboard with four regions strategic to US foreign policy. The “South” region corresponds precisely to the regions now contaminated permanently with radiation from US bombs and missiles made from thousands of tons of depleted uranium.
History Is Full Of The Sacrificial Deaths Of Soldiers And Civilians To Achieve Political Goals
Many times US leaders have used the deaths of military and civilian populations to bring about desired political changes.
Spanish American War
Many observers have seriously questioned whether the Spanish government had anything to do with planting bombs on the battleship Maine. This war had the desired outcome. Lots of newspapers were sold and the United States snapped up the resource rich Philippine Islands.
World War I
France and England fared badly in the early stages of the first world war. An inflammatory incident was needed to bring the United States into the war. The British ship Lusitania was illegally containing explosives. The German embassy in Washington was aware of this and filed a formal complaint which was ignored. The German embassy then proceeded to place an advertisement in 50 Eastern newspapers one week ahead of the sailing warning that vessels flying the flag of Great Britain were at risk of being sunk and that US passengers sailing on the Lusitania do so at their own risk. The US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan was advised that on all but one of her wartime voyages the Lusitania contained munitions. Bills of lading proving the munitions cargo from previous wartime voyages of the Lusitania were presented to Secretary Bryan. Bryan promised George Viereck, editor of a German owned newspaper who placed the ads for the German Embassy, that he would personally contact President Wilson.The US State Department intervened threatening the newspapers with libel suits if they printed the advertisement.
Only one newspaper, the Des Moines Register, carried the advertisement. President Wilson took no action but later admitted on the day the Lusitania sinking was reported to him that he had spent many sleepless nights about his foreknowledge. When the Lusitania neared the region off the Irish coast where German U-boats were present William Turner, Captain of the Lusitania, was ordered to “proceed at 75% of usual speed.” A protecting destroyer Juno had been withdrawn from the scene at the last minute on orders from Admiralty Secretary Winston Churchill. Captain Turner was not informed of this change in plans. The only torpedo fired entered the Lusitania nine feet below the water line. Immediately after this torpedo’s explosion there was a second and much larger explosion that blew a hole in cargo hold number two and put the boiler room out of commission. This second explosion, probably from munitions, sent the ship rapidly to the bottom. There was loss of 195 American lives.
J.P. Morgan banking interests had purchased control over major segments of the news media. An intensive nation wide editorial blitz against Germany led to the United States declaring war on Germany. Vladimir Lenin received $12,000,000 in gold bullion from the Jacob Schiff’s Kuhn Loeb & Company bank in New York City. Lenin was shipped from Zurich, Switzerland to Russia in a sealed boxcar. This gold bullion in the hands of skilled organizers soon led to toppling of the Russian monarchy. Thus US financial interests played a significant role in bring about Russia’s communist revolution, which spread to involve the whole world.
World War II
Again England and France were doing badly in warfare against Germany. Much of the English Army was lost at Dunkirk and the French were overrun by the German blitzkrieg tactics. The United States broke the Japanese codes and learned that Pearl Harbor would soon be attacked by the Japanese. This information was not shared with Admiral Kimmel and General Short in Hawaii. When the Japanese attacked thousands of army, air force, naval and civilian personnel were killed. President Roosevelt promptly declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
We had pushed Japan into this war by refusing to sell scrap steel and oil to the resource poor Japanese. World War II was a very strange war. Standard Oil tankers refueled German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean with impunity. The German industrial conglomerate I.G. Farben did not lose any factories to allied bombing. Large US companies financed the rise of Hitler in Germany in the 1930s. Many observers felt that the United States was only pulled out of the depression by the massive expenditures needed to finance the armaments of World War II.
The War On Terrorism
In a way the seeds of this war were begun by strong governmental action in the Kohl family shoot out, the Ruby Ridge family shoot out and the Waco massacre. In these three events excessive use of unneeded force was used to create a climate of fear and intimidation among the American people. The next major event was the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. This building collapse was due to explosives placed at the base of the pillars in front of the building. These explosives caused the building to fall toward the street where the allegedly guilty fertilizer bomb had been placed in a truck.
Several observers were aware that a large amount of explosives were being stored in the office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. After the explosion, which caused no fatalities among the BTF employees large numbers of BTF employees were immediately on the scene. They cordoned off the site but some police and fire department employees were allowed into the site after the site had been inspected. Several of these employees saw things that did not jibe with the official government position. As they spoke out publicly about what they had observed they were steadily suicided.
A retired Army Major General, Benton Partin, was an explosives expert. He was refused permission to speak at the McVey trial because his testimony would have destroyed the government’s case against Timothy McVey.. He would have declared that the building could never have fallen toward the street without explosives being placed at the base of the pillars on the front of the building. He also knew that the force of a fertilizer bomb placed in a street truck would have been so dissipated by the distance it needed to travel that it could not have caused a strong building to fall. This explosion was soon followed by Congressional legislation that greatly enhanced the government’s control over the American people. In this situation people were expended to get desired legislation.