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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Deaths from Depleted Uranium

The latest death toll from Depleted Uranium, the highly toxic weapons component, is now up to 11,000 soldiers. Lauren Moret has named depleted uranium as the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome, which has killed 11,000 of the soldiers who served in the first Gulf War.

56% of the soldiers who fought in the first Gulf War have permanent medical problems. For a comparison, there was a 10% disability rate for Viet Nam war veterans. For both World Wars it was 5%.

According to the executive director of Veterans for Constitutional Law, “the Veterans Affairs secretary was aware of this fact as far back as 2000. He and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret’s report, it is far too big to hide or to cover up......The long-term effect of Depleted Uranium is a virtual death sentence.”

How’s this for supporting our troops? Do you think our soldiers are harmed more by A) anti-war protesters and liberal media; or B) depleted uranium? Don’t worry, if you have a yellow ribbon decal on your car, you’ve done your part.

Counting both Gulf wars, the total number of veterans on disability is over 518,000.

This was one of Project Censored's Top Ten Censored Stories of 2003-2004.


Blogger Jet said...

It's especially troubling when you consider that they are trying to seriously undercut the number of vets even ELIGIBLE for medical benefits. Couple that with the reluctance to aknowlege Gulf War Syndrome, and you have a royal screw on the enlisted. I'm shaking I'm so mad.

April 12, 2005 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jet: Yeah, it's maddening all right. And it's had so little publicity; I guess we'd all rather hear about Michael Jackson and the latest Survivor episode than find out anything meaningful in the news.

April 12, 2005 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Well, it's not like the news is reporting with substance. I hope the next crop of journalists coming out of the colleges has a little more fire in their bellies. The current batch is mightly disapointing.

April 12, 2005 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Good story! Where did you find the information? Is it valid? I mean, it sounds terrible but is it really as bad as that? If so, it is a huge scandal.

April 12, 2005 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jet: I don't know if the problem is with journalists, or just the fact that most media are owned by huge conglomerates that are only worried about the bottom line. They make more money talking about fluffy non-issues than about serious subjects.

OK Democrat: Project Censored is pretty reliable. I used to go to Sonoma State University in California where that project originated. I'd like to think this story isn't true, but I trust Project Censored a lot more than most corporate-owned media.

April 12, 2005 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I would recommend the Project Censored books too. I have the one from 2002, and it's great reading... !

April 13, 2005 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yeah, I'll probably end up getting one of their books. When I lived in the Bay Area, the local weekly "independent" papers used to publish their stories regularly. Now that I'm out in the hinterlands, I'll probably have to go look for it.

April 13, 2005 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger dav said...

read this:


The War against The Troops
The denials about the dangers of Depleted Uranium from London and Washington seem to be a direct attack on the troops. This article shows how the official lines appears to be a lie when battlefeild procedure and post war illnesses are taken into account.

April 15, 2005 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dav: That's a pretty grim article; a lot more detail than the source I used, but the same basic information (11,000 DU deaths, etc.). It's amazing how much information is out there when you look beyond the useless infomercials fed to us by the mainstream "media."

April 15, 2005 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger yoker said...

I know that Lauren Moret "has named depleted uranium as the definitive cause of Gulf War Syndrome", but the problem is that it is impossible. It cannot explain why:

- Many of family members (about 70% of spouses!) got the same problems.

- Veterans with GWS usually recover after long-term antibiotic treatment.

I say that GWS is caused by contagious disease. (I am not the only one.)

I had already email exchange with L.M. She sent me email where she was explaining me how famous scientist she was. She just wanted me to agree that she is right (and I am wrong).

You can see details on my blog: http://xyoker.blogspot.com

February 8, 2006 at 2:43 PM  

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