Have DU Will Travel (Lone Star Iconoclast)
- From: alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Alan)
- Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2006 13:56 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)
When The Iconoclast learned of a study conducted by Chris Busby and Saoirse
Morgan that suggests that depleted uranium radiation had traveled from Iraq to
Great Britain during ?shock and awe,? we knew it was time to more fully explore
We decided to ?lay it all on the table,? as best we could by interviewing noted
scientists and people in the know about radiation, those who have become medical
casualties, those who have gone through the military system, and those who
possess an upper tier knowledge of radiation in general.
This is clear: the day that depleted uranium was introduced into the arsenal of
doom was quite literally the day the earth stood still, with scientists
worldwide uniting to voice concern that genocide had found a home on our planet.
At the other extreme, militarists hailed the nuclear substance as their newest
advantage in maximizing destruction. It became a trump card with the ability to
destroy the masses, even those yet unborn.
On the battlefield, DU has been hailed as the best, and what country does not
want its soldiers to be given the best of tools in a time of war? Yet the bloody
afterglow of radiation and its dire consequences for civilization have caused
others to describe DU as ?death unlimited.?
We were told by the U.S. military in Iraq that there is no longer a need for
depleted uranium munitions there and that, indeed, the current deployment is not
using DU. However, this past week it was announced that the Army has placed a
$38 million order for new DU munitions, extending the original contract for
fiscal year 2006 up to $77 million.
DU is a controversial subject.
The Iconoclast attempted to get some answers.
We were pleased that some individuals were forthcoming when we attempted to
interview them and we were disappointed at others who broke promises to call us
back after they learned the subject matter was depleted uranium.
Although the quantity of text in this report tends to weigh heavier for
individuals opposed to the use of depleted uranium, the Iconoclast spent
considerable time attempting to obtain Q&A viewpoints that might be on the other
side of the argument. It was in this venue that promised phone calls were not
returned and our reporters got multiple run-arounds in reaching the ?top brass.?
Nevertheless, The Iconoclast has produced this special feature which provides
our readers a chance to listen in on some of the conversations and draw their
Among those interviewed, in the order they appear in this feature, were:
? Chris Busby, author of the study: ?Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War
2 result in contamination of Europe??
? Leuren Moret, geological scientist and international radiation expert.
? Dr. Ernest J. Sternglass, Emeritus Professor of Radiological Physics in the
Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
? Dr. Rosalie Bertell, PhD, GNSH, President of the International Institute of
Concern for Public Health (IICPH), and Editor in Chief of International
Perspectives in Public Health.
? Major Doug Rokke, Ph.D. (retired), former director of the U.S. Army Depleted
Uranium Project, Vietnam and Gulf War Veteran.
? Major Denise Nichols (retired), Gulf War Veteran and retired U.S. Air Force
Reserve Major,Vice Chairman of the National Vietnam Veteran and Gulf War
? Ann Ham, Public Affairs, U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive
? Captain William Roberts, Multi-National Forces Iraq Spokesman.
? Tim Hix, Vietnam Veteran exposed to Agent Orange, dying of cancer.
? Karl Schwarz, presidential candidate, author, technology company founder whose
son served in Iraq.
We lead off with the news story about the study.
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