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April 4, 2002 by MW Mandeville

ITEM(S):  An Astute Subscriber Adds:  Sodamned Insane? Sodamned American

From: Brian McAlevy <mcalevy@mac.com>

I include this critically important information about US armaments not as an anti-war ploy but because it is an extremely urgent and important techo-environmental issue which is every bit as significiant as Land Mines and many other global environmental issues.  Whether or not this is politically comfortable information, it clearly is a major Earth issue.

More ordinance was rained down on Iraq during the six weeks of the Gulf
War than during the whole of the Second World War. Unknown to the public
or the Allied troops at the much of it was coated with depleted uranium
(DU). This nuclear waste has replaced titanium as a cheap coating for
weapons which can pierce armour. It burns on contact, producing a fine
dust which can be ingested and inhaled and which enters the food chain
via water and soil.
In 1990 the UK's Atomic Energy Authority sent a report to the British
Government, estimating that if 50 tonnes were left in the Gulf are
should there be a war, then these would lead to an estimated 50,000
extra cancer deaths in the decade. Experts now estimate that there may
be 900 tonnes remaining, travelling where the wind blows(2).
By early 1992, doctors in Iraq were bewildered by the rise in birth
deformities - some so grotesque and unusual that they expected to see
them only in textbooks and perhaps once or twice in a lifetime. They
compared them to those recorded in the Pacific islands after the nuclear
testing in the 1950s. Cancers too were rising, especially among the
young, the most susceptible to radiation.
It was not until 1993 that DU had been used in the Gulf War began to
emerge. Concerns were countered by Washington and Whitehall along the
lines of no "immediate danger" and "only very, very mildly
radioactive."(3) This was despite the fact that tanks were immediately
transported to the nuclear decontamination facility at Barnwell, North
In Iraq, children were (and are) collecting fragments of bullets or
missiles as a way of coming to terms with the war. They bring them home
to take them to school for display. Professor Seigwart Horst Guenther,
scientist, founder of the American Yellow Cross and Director of the
Albert Schweitzer Institute, collected one such bullet from Basra in
southern Iraq for analysis and transported it to Germany - correctly
encased in a radiation proof lead box. On arrival at Berlin airport he
was promptly arrested for transporting radioactive material - it had
activated all the radiation sensors.
Among those soldiers returning from the Gulf War alarming symptoms
appeared almost immediately. Eddie Blanche, from Newcastle in northern
England, had been an army fitness instructor, passed "A1-fit"
immediately prior to action in the Gulf.
"I ran 30 kilometres with a 15 kilo pack on my back. I went there a
physical specialist and came back a physical wreck." he says wryly his
humour still intact. He has lost the sight of one eye, can walk only for
short distance - with the shortest of breath - and suffers agonizing
joint pains. The exhaustion of even talking shows after minutes, his
face bathed in perspiration.
In the USA over one third of the 600,000 veterans deployed in the Gulf
have sought help from Veterans' Administration hospitals; in Britain
8000 of the 29,000 troops are ill and over 400 have died.(5) In May
1999, a coroner in the north of England stated that he dealt with one
case a week of Gulf War veterans committing suicide.(6) In Australia,
Canada and New Zealand similar scenarios are being recorded.
A study of cancers and leukaemia's among 1,400 Iraqi soldiers who had
been in the heavily bombed area around the southern town of Basra showed
chilling increases; for example, ten cases of lymphomas in 1991 and 106
in 1996. Brain cancer too showed a startling rise; one case in 1991 and
40 in 1996.
These statistics are the reality for many. When Amy West's husband
returned safely from the Gulf to the US home in small-town Mississippi,
they decided to celebrate by having another baby. Their daughter was
born with a rare lung condition, Goldenhar's Syndrome. Shortly afterward
Amy heard of babies born to two other veterans' wives with the same
condition. She spent a year, nightly after work, phoning those in the
same town who had been in the Gulf. Had they had a baby since? If so,
was it healthy? Out of the 251 families with new babies, 67% had
congenital abnormalities; ears eyes or fingers missing, severe blood
diseases or respiratory problems. Complied with the help of a family
doctor, and old friend that Amy had known since childhood, she sent her
findings to the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Gulf War
illnesses. They were rejected by the convenor, Bernard Rostker, as
'unscientific'. The doctor told Amy that he was very sorry and
embarrassed, but he could no longer work with her. He was equally sorry
that he was unable to tell her why.(8)
Professor Asaf Durakovic would perhaps have had the answer as to why. He
is one of the world's leading experts on radiation and sees a familiar
pattern. 'Any doctor who becomes involved in this subject is
pressurized, fired; records and samples go missing...' Durakovic was
'horrified' when he learned that DU had been used in the Gulf and wrote
to President Clinton in February 1997: 'I am bringing to your attention
the conspiracy against Gulf veterans of the United States.(9) Shortly
afterwards his senior position at the Department of Nuclear Medicine at
the Veterans Administration Authority in Wilmington, Delaware, was
Ray Bristow, of the British Gulf Veterans and Families Association,
echoes Durakovic: 'Dosimeters (which read radiation levels) issued to
troopers were at first denied as being issued at all, then we were told
the records were lost, then that the readings were all normal - but
no-one was allowed to see them. Medical records of Gulf War vets
regularly go missing.'
Bristow served as a medical technician with the 32nd Field Hospital in
Saudi Arabia and is one of the many ill veterans on the British Medical
Assessment Programme (MAP), established by the Ministry of Defence in
response to Gulf War illness, to test for DU.
On 17 January 1998, the seventh anniversary of the Gulf War, he and
other seriously ill veterans returned their medals to protest at the
their plight. In December 1998, together with Dr Colin Purcell Lee,
another sick Gulf veteran, he took a momentous decision: they would go
to an international conference entitled 'Health and Environmental
Consequences of Depleted Uranium used by the US and British Forces in
the 1991 Gulf War' The place? Baghdad.
Both brush off the journey, gruelling even for the fittest, and taken at
inestimable cost to the seriously ill. Colin Purcell Lee describes one
desperately sick Iraqi colonel: 'He did not have that long to go we put
our arms around each other just held on. It was healing for both of us.'
says Bristow. 'To think that I had to go to Iraq to discover what was
wring with me, only to find it mirrored there.' He recounts standing in
a hospital, waiting to be interviewed by the BBC, at last able to bring
the plight of the Gulf War victims to the eyes of the world.
'I am a medic, trained to react with practicality, not emotion; I was
surrounded by children dying of leukaemia's and cancers who had access
to no or minimal treatment and all I could do was cry uncontrollable. So
there was no interview, no publicity for us or those suffering in Iraq.'
Until recently cancer medications was vetoed as 'dual use' by the
Sanctions Committee - because it contained minute traces of radiation.
Bristow and Purcell Lee arrived home 'to find that we had been called
traitors by a Senior Cabinet Minister' and that their homes had been
raided by Ministry of Defence Police. All computers, disks and files had
been removed in search of a document which showed that the Medical
Director of MAP was liaising with Porton Down Chemical Weapons

Establishment over concerns that DU was a contributory cause of the
veterans plight. For eight year MAP refused to countenance such a
scenario and were still denying it ti the veterans themselves. In June
this year, when the plight of Australian Gulf veterans was commanding
extensive media coverage, all computers disks and files relating to Gulf
War illnesses were stolen from the home of campaigner Philip Steel.
Nothing else was missing.
In March this year, sick veterans from Canada, the US, the UK and Iraq
sent urine samples to be tested for DU to highly respected Professor
Hari Sharma, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at the University of
Waterloo, Ontario in Canada. The results were astonishing. All were
positive, and some, including Ray Bristow, had readings of over 100
times the 'safe' limit in their bodies. So did Terry Riordan, who
received his results of Wednesday 28 April. He was the first Canadian
veteran to be tested by Sharma. Riordan and his wife had run up debts of
$100,000 for medication and in order prove that the cause of his
debilitating illness was exposure to radiation in the Gulf War. On
Thursday the 29th of April, Riordan died. The death certificate recorded
his death as due to the 'Gulf War Syndrome'. He donated his body to the
Gulf veterans for tissue testing.
Sharma, who had never been involved in a campaign before, wrote to NATO
and the heads of state of all countries with DU weapons 'begging' them
to all withdraw them from their country's arsenals and condemning DU as
a 'crime against' humanity. Sharma also predicted that there would be be
36,000 extra cancer deaths amongst Gulf War veterans. Sharma has been
withdraw from any further DU testing. Coincidentally, the Ministry of
Defence in Britain announced shortly afterwards that MAP would after all
test veterans for DU.
In August 1996 the UN Sub Commission on Human Rights had designated DU
as a weapon of mass destruction with napalm, fuel air bombs and cluster
bombs. Depleted uranium was used in Bosnia in 1995 and cancers had risen
threefold by 1997. DU weapons were extensively used in the recent war in
the Balkans. Radiation readings in Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece have
recorded air samples exceeding by 40 times the recommended safety limit
of radiation associated with DU. The British Ministry Defence points out
that Armed Forces Minister Douglas Henderson had given strict
instructions that no troops were to approach any target which might have
been hit by DU unless they were wearing protective clothing against
radiation. Asked about the problem of people living in and returning to
the region, the Ministry of Defence said that was for the UN High
Commissioner for Refugees to resolve. DU weapons have now been sold to
17 countries.
In Iraq, which had had nine years to feel the full effects of DU,
cancers have risen up to tenfold. Dr Huda Ammash, an environmental
biologist at Baghdad University' who obtained he PhD from the University
of Missouri, calculates that 'the prolonged effect of this (radiation)
is, over a period of more than tens years, equal to 100 Chernobyls.'(9)
In Basra, radiation levels in flora and fauna have reached 84 times the
World Health Organization's recommended safe limit. Here, the
unimaginable can be found. Dr Jenan Ali at Basra General Hospital; in
southern Iraq has a photographic record of all the babies born with no
eyes, brains, limbs, genitalia, internal organs on the outside;
grotesquely deformed little heads and bodies.
In Mosul in northern Iraq, studies undertaken by four universities show
a fivefold increase after 1991.(10) An informal survey in the area
counted 20 malformed babies in 160 houses; the majority of fathers had
served in the Gulf War. US journalist Barbara Namim Aziz reports a
farmer remarking that there were fewer marriages as a result: 'Young
people fear the birth of malformed foetuses and still births...we look
around our village, everyone knows couples who have had deformed babies.'
Soaring cancers in Iraq since the Gulf War are well documented. Less so
is the human cost - the beds occupied by small figures one day,
eloquently empty on return. I remember Esra, in the Al Mansour
Children's Hospital in Baghdad, frail, beautiful, 17 years old - old
enough to know she was dying. Cancer had mostly paralysed her central
nervous system, but did not prevent her dying. She had been crying for
three weeks - she wanted to be well, go home, continue her studies, and,
most of all, to live. Jassim, the boy who dreamed of being a poet will
haunt for all time.
Ali Maksoud, aged two, did not even get a bed in hospital. 'This patient
is beyond help, there is nothing we can do.' said Dr Selma Al Haddad,
oncologist at Al Mansour. Formerly he would have had palliative care,
but beds and resources are now for the slimmest of chances, not the
small no-hopers. Outside the hospital, leaning against one of the great
white pillars at the entrance, his mother sat on the ground, Ali
clutched to her under here black abaya; her tears falling on his small,
still face.
It is estimated that if cancers continue in the present upward curve,
44% of the population will develop cancer within ten years.
'In embarking upon a course, always consider the seventh generation'
goes a native American saying. Unless we heed their words, there may not
even be a third.

Felicity Arbuthnotis a freelance journalist specialising in social and
environmental issues with a special knowledge of Iraq. She is writing a
book on the plight of those affected by the Gulf War.

1. Health and Environment Consequences of Depleted Uranium in the US
Army, June 1995. 2 Military Toxins Program. 3 The hazards of uranium
have been known for centuries. Cancers and birth deformities amongst
uranium workers and miners from New Mexico to Namibia and Canada to
China have been the subject of ongoing studies. 4 International Herald
Tribune 25 April 1992. 5 Armed Forces Minister Lord Gilbert. 6 Hull
Daily Mail. 7 Sydney Morning Herald 10 June 1999. 8 Interview with the
author. 9 Metal of Dishonour, International Action Centre, 1997. 10
Paper by Professor MM Al-Jebouri, University of Tikrit, December 1998.
11Johns Hopkins University and paper presented by Professor Midkem M
Saleh in Baghdad, December 1998.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 08:52  PM, Michael Mandeville wrote:

> Obviously, it is in the Extremely Vital Self-Interests of  Sodamned
> Insane to
> do anything within his power to use the Palestinians and Al Qaeda plots
> as ìred
> flagsî to preoccupy the American Texas Bull. I believe he understands
> this very
> well  and is in fact using all of his power to support as much extreme
> activity
> as possible.  Unfortunately, he has a lot of assets. As with Sodamned
> Insane,
> so also the Mullahs of Iran.

The Elder Brother
Luke 15:31

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