Friday, June 17, 2005

Poison Dust: Depleted Uranium

Poison Dust: Depleted Uranium DVD
By: Jack Dalton

Of all the issues we in this country are faced with today the illegal invasion/occupation of Iraq is at the top of the “important list.” Within BushCo’s war policies one thing in particular has got to be not only looked at, but we must act, and the sooner rather than later as a lot of lives are at stake due to the use by the U.S. of Depleted Uranium.

While the Pentagon and Rumsfeld’s War Department continue to deny DU has harmful affects on humans, every bit of research says exactly the opposite. DU kills! If you read nothing else, you have got to read “Metal of Dishonor” as well as watching the DVD, “Poison Dust.” Both articulate what DU is, what it does and how it does what it does—kill; deform babies; poison the land and water and air; the use of DU simply stated is nuclear war.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi’s have been killed and crippled by DU over a 15 year period of time. American troops that have been exposed are getting sick; having babies being born deformed; people are dying due to DU use by this nation and still the Pentagon denies DU causation. We from Vietnam that were contaminated by Agent Orange understand what the veterans of this BushCo war of choice will be facing. The veterans of the first Bush war in the Gulf know what those returning from Iraq will face—the same denials they have been faced with the past 14 years.

For those of you involved with anti-recruitment efforts the issue of Depleted Uranium use and contamination is as good as anything and better than a lot, in terms of educating potential enlistees about what they will be faced with if they enlist in today’s military. Nothing speaks as loudly as what we see—the DVD Poison Dust does not just speak, it “screams.”

We cannot sit quietly by while people are being poisoned by their own country only to be cast aside when they come to back to what was once their home, the U.S. Get the video Poison Dust and start having “home presentations” of it. Use it not only to bring more attention to the issue of DU use and contamination, but use it also in your anti-recruitment efforts. It does turns heads to say the least as it gives a lot to think about that recruiters will never, ever bring up during their “sales” pitch.

Here is one of the email responses I got back when I sent this out on my mailing list: “The anti-DU movement appears to be well organized and well financed, but scientific accuracy is not their strong point … if you were a soldier, how do you feel about taking away a weapon that enables them to kill tanks every time they shoot at them ... there are a lot of guys alive today because of that one shot, one-kill capability when they confronted Iraqi armor in the desert. Why do you push their stuff?

This shows just how important it is to keep getting solid information and research put up and out about DU. When you read that comment keep in mind that I have had many such ludicrous and absurd statements sent to me—we do have a lot of work ahead of us in the fight to help veterans contaminated by DU get the recognition and proper medical help they deserve. Apparently the individual that wrote the above email to me, and the others like him/her, have either never read or just completely ignore verifiable studies like the one the statement below is from and that have been in the public domain for 15 years.

US soldiers are returning from Iraq to die of "mysterious" ailments - and the depleted uranium (DU) poisoning scandal just won't go away, despite efforts to cover it up. Protesters in New Haven spoke out last week against the U.S. military's use of DU, its effects on US troops, and cutbacks in veterans' medical benefits. The DU test costs $1,000, so the U.S. government won't test for DU poisoning. "More than 240,000 Gulf War veterans are on permanent medical disability and more than 11,000 are dead. They have been denied testing, medical care, and compensation for depleted uranium exposure and related illnesses since 1991," say reports. A U.S. government study found that 67% of post-Gulf War babies have serious birth defects or serious illnesses.”

The Pentagon and the Department of War have done a good job with their disinformation campaign about Depleted Uranium. They are running the same game they did on and about Agent Orange use and contamination during the American War in Vietnam. Not much has changed over the years has it? Not in terms of the propaganda we are bombarded with; if anything that has gotten much worse since BushCo.

I read the book “Metal of Dishonor” over a year ago. Like a lot of people, I did not know that much about DU. After reading the book I went on a crash course reading everything I could access on DU. Since then I’ve had email conversations with some of the top DU researchers in the country. It is for that reason I believe so strongly that the use of DU weapons is nuclear war, period. That is what motivated me to “advertise” the book, “Metal of Dishonor” and the DVD, “Poison Dust” - the DVD is an especially great tool for presenting good solid documented fact about DU and its effects on people.

Get the DVD at the least and put it to work! I have no interest in this other than the desire to use everything at our disposal to educate our fellow Americans about how are own troops are being poisoned by the very military they serve—and are then ignored by the very Veterans Administration (pdf link) that is supposed to be there to provide veterans with medical care.

See also: "...months before the first Gulf War, the Army's Armament, Munitions, and Chemical Command published the following warning: "Following combat, the condition of the battlefield and the long term health risks to natives [sic] and combat veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU for military applications." The report added that DU has been "linked to cancer when exposures are internal." (Full story here)

Yours in solidarity and peace--Jack

'Poison Dust' Video ExposesA Most Lethal U.S. Weapon'
"I have seen the impact of this new poison [Depleted Uranium] when I visited wards for young children in Iraq. Amidst the overwhelming horrors of the bombings and the starvation caused by sanctions, the doctors at first did not notice the huge rise in the numbers of childhood cancers, such as leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and lymphomas ... The United States and Britain used so much DU in weapons during the Gulf War that 350 tons of residue permeate the ground and water, and will contaminate the entire region for generations."
- Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General

Over 50 years ago the U. S. Department of Defense started using depleted uranium metal in weapons because of its dense nature. Today the Pentagon relies on DU as the main raw material for its penetrator shells and bullets. Why? Because it just keeps on killing - first on impact, then by poisoning a population with radiation, having a far deadlier impact on children. It's the weapon of choice for those wanting to try and terrorize and demoralize a population into submission and modern-day colonialism.

Why should you see this new DVD Poison Dust offered by Well, just as exposing the horrors of Agent Orange was vitally important to saving lives and helping to end the Vietnam War it is of utmost urgency that we learn about and disseminate information on this genocidal weapon being used by the U.S. today in Iraq and other U.S. occupied countries. Veterans, anti-war organizers, environmentalists and health care providers will find this wake-up call to today's GIs invaluable.

Poison DUst (DVD) Directed and Edited by Sue Harris and the Peoples Video Network.

You thought they came home safely from the war. They didn't. Poison DUst tells the story of three young men from New York who could not get answers for their mysterious ailments after their National Guard unit's 2002 tour of duty in Iraq. A mother reveals her fears about the extent of her child's birth defects and the growing disability of her young husband - a vet.

Filmmaker Sue Harris skillfully weaves, through interviews, their journey from personal trauma, to test results for uranium poisoning, to learning what radioactive Depleted Uranium weapons are. Their frustrations in dealing with the Veterans Administration's silence becomes outrage as they realize that thousands of other GI's have the same symptoms. An invaluable resource for all of us.

Book: Metal of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium, How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers & Civilians with DU Weapons
by Various Authors

A devastating exposé of the Pentagon's new weapons comprised of Depleted Uranium. This is the book you've heard about, but won't see in most bookstores. Now in it's second printing you can read scientists; Gulf War veterans; leaders of environmental, anti-nuclear, anti-military and community movements discuss: the connection of Depleted Uranium to Gulf War Syndrome and a new generation of radioactive conventional weapons.

Understand how the bizarre Pentagon recycling plans of nuclear waste creates a new global threat.

Authors include: former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Dr. Michio Kaku, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Dr. Jay M. Gould, Dan Fahey, Sara Flounders, Manuel Pino and many others

Click on your resource for the truth and remember, was created by and for activists involved in the struggles for social justice and against U.S. war and racism. The money doesn't go to a giant corporation; it goes towards building the movement against war, racism, poverty and injustice. Open the above link to leftbooks to order your copy of Metal of Dishonor and the DVD, Poison Dust.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jack for making DU one of your blog articles. My husband is a gulf war 1 veteran. He, as you know, suffers with a lot of illnesses due to DU exposure. He has been trying to get diagnosis, therapy and compensation through the VA but almost 15 years later we're still at the beginning basically. I don't see the Ohio VA diagnosing him with anything that will make them admit DU exposure on the soldiers or that will take money out of the VA's hands. My husband is not the same guy I married. He is not the same guy that I knew prior to the Gulf, but even moreso, he's not the same mentally and physically. I know, because I've lived with it for the last 14 years, that he was exposed to something that changed his whole person. And I think the VA and Dept of Defense owes an explaination to my husband, to myself and to our children.
Will that ever happen? I doubt it. But we will fight for it until our last breath. And we will continue to work towards making it easier for the next ill soldiers to get the medical help they need. No one should have to go through an illness for any length of time without a proper diagnosis. But especially those who made the decision to serve their country, those guys/girls should be taken care of on all levels. Even if you don't agree with war (which I do not), you should still agree that it's only human to care for eachother and admit when you do something that wasn't beneficial to the people of your country. To do nothing and watch them die is beyond cowardice and a person who allows that deserves NO respect!

Sat Jun 18, 05:30:00 AM  
Blogger Edward said...

DU will end up making Agent Orange look like cotton candy. It is truly unbelieveable how many people aren't even aware that our military uses this stuff. It's a joke that the USA is so paranoid about other countries getting nukes while we use them routinely in illegal and immoral conflicts. Welcome to Crazy World.

Mon Jun 20, 09:39:00 PM  

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