Sunday, August 13, 2006

"Support our Troops"

About 30 percent of the 700,000 soldiers who served in the first Gulf War still suffer mysterious illnesses. For those of you without a calculator handy, that would be 210,000 soldiers. Let's say that number all together now ... 210,000 US troops. Yeah … the same ones that the Republicans hold in such high regard. The very same guys and gals made famous by the ribbon magnets war supporters wear on the trunks of their cars.

The symptoms of this "unknown" sickness can include massive bleeding from the gums, migraine headaches, tumors of all kinds, blood in urine and stool samples and severe skin rashes. Depleted uranium has long been suspected as the primary cause, and certainly a possible contributor.

Depleted uranium is the garbage left from producing enriched uranium for nuclear weapons and energy plants. It is 60 percent as radioactive as natural uranium. Some genius at the Pentagon decided that coating all our anti-tank shells and our tank armor was a really good idea.

A shell coated with depleted uranium pierces a tank like a hot knife through butter, exploding on impact into a charring inferno. As tank armor, it repels artillery assaults. It also leaves behind a fine radioactive dust with a half-life of 4.5 billion years. Yes folks … that’s billion with a big old “B”.

Iraqi doctors have reported significant increases in birth defects and childhood cancers after the 1991 US invasion, when bombs with depleted uranium were used in large amounts.

It took the Pentagon 25 years to acknowledge that Agent Orange -- a corrosive defoliant used to melt the jungles of Vietnam -- was linked to severe illnesses and birth defects. It took over 40 years for us to admit what we had done to the Marshall Islands from our radioactive testing blasts in the 1940s. The Marshall Islands used to be one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth.

Just so you are not left thinking that we are the only idiots on the block, the French do all of their nuclear testing in a tiny little place called the French Polynesian Islands.


Blogger dusty said...

Fuckwits on parade! Don't you just love it..I mean really, we hose over generations of people, AND take their oil. Not to mention of course the generations of american citizens that will never know a normal life.

sorry for the f-bomb, I am not having a good day :p

7:40 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

I saw a similar article today on AOL news and linked to it. What I found especially telling was that the Dutch checked for radiation at one of the trashed out combat sites and because it was so hot, they chose to set up their operations in the middle of the desert away from all the destruction.

11:57 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

i'm sick from this.

1:35 AM  

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