- The following was sent to me by one of
the email list members and the author of the article below granted me (and
you) permission to spread this far and wide. They are working in
India to document the extent of DU pollution that has come out of Afghanistan
and fallen upon the people of India. They are working along the same
lines we are here in the United States to first prove it, and then put
a stop to it and get medical care for the abandoned and neglected.
- This recent Urgent Deal between
Bush and India might be a Pre-emptive Strike to shut down the efforts in
India to prove that DU has bit them in the butt, too.
- We are still waiting to see if any of
the nations in Europe wake up to the fact that they got "peppered"
with DU too, since the Aldermaston DU would have to have come across them
to have made it to the UK.
- This is the article from India and then
I'll return at the end with comments and additional information.
It is interesting to see how people of other nations view the United States
and the Bush-Cheney cabal's use of DU weapons.
- Begin article:
- They Kill Us For Sport
- By Arun Shrivastava CMC
- Depleted uranium is a deadly toy in the
hands of the ruling bloodlines. A particle of DU ingested or inhaled can
cause one or more of the 90+ seriously debilitating diseases, fatal or
temporarily non-fatal. [see list of 91 diseases, Annex 1] The
half life of DU is 4.5 billion years, and it can destroy living things
and the environment; most importantly it can destroy perfectly healthy
- Depleted uranium has been used in at
least the last four wars by the United States and its allies: Gulf War
1, Bosnia and Kosovo in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Gulf War 2. The last
two of the four wars, all illegal, took place in 2001 (Afghanistan) and
2003 (Iraq). Effects of the contamination can manifest from within a few
hours to five years.
- Evidences clearly indicate that depleted
uranium is blowing in the wind all over the world.  Its effects on health
are showing up in distant lands. Earlier, gulf war veterans and local civilians
were affected; now, of all the places, the US is showing six-fold increase
in just lung cancer cases.
- The Emerging Ratio
- The population of the USA was 298, 298,906
on March 14, 2006, say 298 million. The recorded 172,000 lung cancer
cases for January and February 2006 equates to 34 cases per 10,000 persons-men,
women and children- up from the previously normal trend line of 5.8 per
10,000 persons per annum, implying that additional 28.2 cases per 10,000
persons have been added and recorded in a short time. It certainly can't
be due to more Americans smoking cigarettes and certainly not due to "other
unexplained factors" such as lifestyle changes, which do change but
over decades, not a few years. The most plausible one is that the air we
breathe is contaminated with depleted uranium and it is killing healthy
people all over the world.
- If the population of the United States
of America shows such an explosive growth of lung cancer what does it imply
for the rest of the world? The world population on the same day and time
was 6,503,376,192. Assuming the same ratio as that of the United States,
i.e. additional 28.2 cases per 10,000 persons, the world would see, or
is probably already facing, an additional 18.34 million cases of untreatable
cancer per year, or 1.52 million cases per month. Do they know it?
- Tobacco And Lung Cancer
- "In the 20th century, approximately
100 million people died world-wide from tobacco-associated diseases (cancer,
chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke)," says a
WHO report.  This means about one million deaths per year, although
it is understandable that there were fewer cases early on in the 20th century
as compared to later when the numbers reached nearly 1.5 million. In 2001,
there were 1.5 million lung cancer deaths worldwide, or 125,000 per month.
- Now, if the US data shows 172,000 new
cases in January-February 2006, an average of 86,000 cases per month, something
terrible has happened. Nuclear radiation induced cancers are peculiar:
with right facility and correct testing protocol, the murderers can't hide.
With care, all the 91radiation induced illnesses, identified by Leuren,
can be traced to depleted radiation poisoning.
- The Map Says Something
- The worst contamination would of course
occur at and around the theatres of war, but region within 1000 mile radius
would face serious depleted uranium contamination. 
- 1000-mile radius means a total area of
3.14 million square mile. The two circles in the map represent an area
of 6.28 million square miles and, deducting say 20% for the overlapping
area, the net affected area is just over 5 million square mile. The total
land area of earth is about 57.3 million square mile, which implies that
roughly 8% of total land area of the earth is now severely contaminated.
And I am not including Bosnia and Kosovo theatres of war, which has seriously
affected the Balkans as well as the NATO troops.
- (My comment: I wonder if
the people of Israel are aware that the desired policy of their government
to have the US attacking Arab nations has polluted their nation with DU?
Also, you can draw the same such circles around US target ranges,
test ranges and military bases where US citizens have been exposed.
Additionally, the air flow from Iraq to the UK would have taken the DU
contamination across much of Europe. -KS)
- Referring to the map, with Afghanistan's
capital Kabul as the centre, depleted uranium affected region includes
Pakistan, entire northwest India, parts of Nepal, parts of China, major
regions of Central Asian Republics, Iran, and the Gulf countries, including
Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two major financial and trading centres. Taking Baghdad
as the centre, the regions affected includes the entire West Asia, parts
of Egypt, parts of Greece, Cyprus, regions around the Caspian Sea and islands
in the eastern Mediterranean.
- It should be noted that Iran and some
littoral states of Caspian Sea have been hit twice (see the overlapping
area of the two circles) within two years: in 2001 and again in 2003. Thus
the severest effect would be felt in Iran, a few gulf countries, and a
few Central Asian states.
- Population Affected
- The total estimated population within
the two circles was about 857 million (See Table) in July 2005. If the
US is showing a sharp six-fold rise in incidence of lung cancer alone,
what will be the fate of these 857 million+ people in the core zones? Washington
is exactly 6193.94 miles from radioactive Baghdad; and Kabul is just a
bit further, about 6922.93 miles away, also highly radioactive. The
capitals of 19 countries are within 1000 mile radius and include New Delhi
(621 miles), Islamabad (232), Bishkek (651), Beirut (515), Cairo (806),
Ankara (785), Jerusalem (546), Damascus (468), Kuwait City (347), Nikosia
(643), Teheran (429), Abu Dabi (856), Aman (503), Riyadh (615), Ashqabat
(645) and so on. And Americans are catching lung cancer by the thousands?
- Countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal,
Afghanistan, Iraq, and some Central Asian States do not even have well
established, dependable cancer screening facilities, let alone determining
whether the illness is due to depleted uranium contamination or careless
handling of toxic pesticides in the farms.
- Governments Will Contineu To Mislead
- There are studies that clearly establish
correlation between cancer and exposure to a decoction of pesticides used
in India's farmlands and in some of these regions (especially Punjab) the
incidences of cancer (of blood, lymphatic systems, esophagus, bone, cervical,
etc) ranges from 5.12 to 10.3 per 10,000 persons. In the US itself, the
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analysis of pesticide
residue data on 9282 people nationwide revealed that among those who had
blood and urine sample tested, 100% showed pesticide residue. Now,
this is a global phenomenon and has definitely caused serious health problems
(immune disorder, low birth weight of babies, and a host of other degenerative
diseases. But a spike is missing.
- "We can expect to see multiple
cancers in one person. These multiple unrelated cancers in the same individual
have been reported in Yugoslavia and Iraq in families that had no history
of any cancer. This is unknown in the previous studies of cancer,"
"a new phenomenon," says Leuren Moret. But weakness in data management,
investigative techniques, and training of medical and paramedical personnel
will be used to the hilt by governments in the affected countries, bribed
by the US administration and corporate interests and lulled by the lullaby
of the mainstream media, to whitewash the population that DU poisoning
is one of the many benign environmental hazards that we must live with,
as was done by analysts with "depleted grey matter" in four US
government (directly or indirectly) supported studies.[11, 12, 13, 14]
- Long Term Consequences
- In our living memory we have the instance
of Chernobyl. Scientists say that Chernobyl was not a nuclear explosion;
it was just a huge, hot fire in the nuclear fuel. Yet, the radioactive
fallout from Chernobyl contaminated farmlands and livestock around Europe
and Scandinavia for a long time, and the radiation is still traceable in
the earth and some living things. The regions surrounding Chernobyl shall
remain uninhabitable for an estimated three to six hundred years! 
Depleted uranium is bit nastier; a fact that did occur to the omnicidal
maniacs controlling the US administration.
- Now, project this scientific fact over
just one country, India. The entire north-western region, including the
Himalayas is affected. All perennial rivers flowing from the Himalayas
into the Gangetic plains (the Ganga and Yamuna with hundreds of tributaries)
and into Pakistan (the five rivers: Indus, Satluj, Jhelum, Ravi and Chenab),
will contaminate the largest and oldest food growing area in the world.
This region has a high livestock population that supports India's and Pakistan's
fuel, food, and farming needs. They will die or will have to be destroyed
because of contamination.
- The Northwestern region is also economically
the fastest growing region in India, predicted to catch up with Europe
in 2020. Migration from slower growing eastern region has swelled
the transient population in western Indiaand we are talking about seasonal
migration of millions of surplus farm/landless labourers, roughly 5 million
live in Delhi alone eking out a living. Poor, physically weak because of
inadequate nutrition, without access to proper medical facilities, these
people will be severely affected. When they contract one of the 90 odd
radiation induced illnesses, they wouldn't even know what destroyed them,
what destroyed their families, and what eventually killed them? I
am talking about numbers running into millions, every month, in the identified
- Destruction Of The World's Oldest Civilizations
- Getting back to the two regions as a
whole, let us not forget that this region gave the world all the modern
religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism,
the Baha'i faith, and hundreds of lesser faiths. People from all
over the world throng these regions to pay respects to their messiahs and
their Gods, excluding the Pope, of course.
- And despite all odds, these regions sustained
life, created wealth, sustained a large population until the European colonialists
arrived in the early 18th Century. They destroyed the sustainability of
this region, plundered the people and their natural resources, year after
year. And when their empire failed, they passed the control of these regions
to the US. And what has the US government done? It has destroyed not only
some of the greatest civilization the world has ever known; they are destroying
their own people.
- Dr Rosalie Bertell says, "Veterans
and civilians (in these wars) WERE exposed to DU; and this inhaled DU represents
a seriously enhanced risk of damaged immune systems and fatal cancers."
"Those immediately downwind (will) die quickly, in hours or days.
Those further downwind will take longer." Those around the worldwill
eventually suffer an unimaginably painful premature death.
- What Can People Do?
- There is no time to wring one's hands.
The people of this global village need to join hands in a global peaceful,
non-violent, non-cooperation with governments that lie and kill. Let us
all form small local committees and ask our governments to come clean on
DU. Mobilize support to help veterans and civilians who are suffering without
differentiating between race, caste, creed or religion. Tell every person
connected with government, civil society, the police, and members of the
armed forces that they are all in it up to their neck. Finally, inform
yourself, educate your family and neighbourhood; read the hundreds of authoritative
papers written by scientists. Is there any reason to fear when all of us
are under death sentence for a crime none of us committed? If we continue
to cooperate with a few homicidal maniacs it'd make them more arrogant.
The power is in your hand.
- Arun Shrivastava is an accredited management
- He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-  Depleted Uranium: The Trojan Horse
of Nuclear War, LEUREN MORET / World Affairs The Journal of International
Issues; 1July, 2004. http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Trojan-Horse1jul04.htm
-  "Blowing in the wind",
produced by xxxx, a must see documentary
-  Dr. Rosali Bertell papers: (i) Depleted
Uranium as a Weapon of War, August 1999 and (ii) Update on Depleted Uranium
and Gulf War Syndrome, Parts 1 to 3; Human Studies; 1 January 2005
-  "This is not just a little spike
on the charts and much worse is coming," says Karl WB Schwarz, www.rense.com/general69soar.htm
-  http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
-  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2003/pr27/en/
-  Khuri FR, Herbst RS, Fossella FV;
Emerging therapy in non-small call lung cancer; Ann Oncol; 12:739-44; 2001.
-  (i) "Military Toxics Project:
Information Sheet June 2003; (ii) Heads roll at Veterans Administration:
Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed"; Bob Nichols; Project
Censored Award Winner; www.sfbayview.com/012605/headsroll012605.shtml
- (iii) See also "It Turns out Depleted
Uranium Is Bad for NATO Troops in Kosovo; [What About Everyone Else?]";
by Felicity Arbuthnot; 26 October, 2000.
-  http://www.wcrl.ars.usda.gov/cec/java/capitals.htm
-  Analysis of pesticide residues in
blood samples from villages in Punjab; CSE/PML/PR-21/2005; jointly conducted
by Centre for Science and Environment and Pollution Monitoring Laboratory,
New Delhi; 2005. This paper refers to the said CDC report.
- The following four articles #11 to #14,
to say the least, understate the problems of DU. At worse, they are misleading.
You, are therefore, warned.
-  Toxicological Profile for Uranium.
Washington, DC: ATSDR, US Public Health Service, US Department of Health
& Human Services, September 1999.
-  Harley N, Foulkes E., Hilbourne
L, Anthony R, Hudson A., A Review of the Scientific Literature As It Pertains
to Gulf War Illnesses, Volume 7: Depleted Uranium, RAND Corporation, National
Defense Research Institute, Santa Monica, CA, 1999.
-  Institute of Medicine, National
Academy of Science. Committee on Health Effects Associated with Exposures
During the Gulf War, Gulf War and Health, Volume 1. Depleted Uranium, Sarin,
Pyridostigmine Bromide, Vaccines, 2000.
-  Office Of The Special Assistant
To The Deputy Secretary Of Defense For Gulf War Illnesses. Environmental
Exposure Report: Depleted Uranium, December 13, 2000.
-  Nuclear Bunker Buster Bombs against
Iran: This Way Lies Madness; Stephen M. Osborn, 14 March, GlobalResearch.ca
- Annex 1
- Known general illnesses inflicted by
internalization of depleted uranium particles; compiled by Ms Leuren Moret
from Interviews with Gulf War Vets and their families (partial list)
- 1. abnormal births and birth defects
- 2. abnormal metabolism of semen: contains amine
& ammonium alkaline;
- acute autoimmune symptoms (lung-,
liver-, kidney failure); acute myeloid leukemia (deadly within days
- 3. acute immune system depression
- 4. acute respiratory failure
- 5, asthma
- 6. auto-immune deficiencies
- 7.Balkan-syndrome - blood in stools
- 8. body function control loss
- 9. bone cancer
- 10. brain damage
- 11 brain tumors
- 12. burning semen
- 13. burning sensations
- 14. calcium loss in body
- 14. cardiovascular signs or symptoms
- 15. chemical sensitivities
- 16. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- 17. chronic kidney and liver disorders
- 18. chronic myeloid leukemia
- 19. chronic respiratory infections
- 20. colon cancer
- 21. confusion
- 22. diarrhea
- 23. digestive problems
- 24. dizziness
- 25. Epstein Barr Syndrome
- 26. fluid buildup
- 27. fibromyalgia
- 28. gastrointestinal signs/symptoms
- 29. general fatigue
- 30. genetic alterations
- 31. glandular carcinoma
- 32. Gulf war-syndrome
- 33. headaches (severe)
- 34. heart attack/disease
- 35. high blood pressure
- 36. high frequency of micturition
- 37. Hodgkin lymphoma
- 38. immune system deficiency
- 39. infections
- 40. insomnia
- 41. involuntary movements
- 42. joint/muscle/leg pain
- 43. kidney failure/damage
- 44. leukemia
- 45. liver carcinoma
- 46. loss of feeling in fingers
- 47. Lou Gehrigs Disease -ALS
- 48. low blood oxygen saturation
- ( low HbO2)
- 49. low lung volume
- 50. lung damage
- 51. lung cancer
- 52. lymph cancer
- 53. lymphoma
- 54. melanoma
- 55. memory loss