|Date:||6 Jan 2003 15:03:45 -0000|
|Subject:||RE: [CPEO-MEF] Digest for firstname.lastname@example.org, issue 676|
This is from the Wall Street Journal regarding depleted uranium. What is the true story of depleted uranium? U.S. Debates Dangers Of Depleted Uranium By JOHN J. FIALKA Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Sometime next year, Lt. Col. William H. Hedges, a 43-year-old Army training planner, will come to Baltimore for his regular medical checkup. Most people would find nothing regular about it at all. A team of doctors and scientists will examine his kidneys, his blood, his brain, his urine and his semen for the effects of depleted uranium, a controversial metal that the military uses for some of its antitank weapons. As the result of a "friendly fire" incident during the Gulf War, Mr. Hedges carries at least 15 BB-size pieces of depleted-uranium shrapnel in his body. That makes him a walking laboratory in the debate over depleted uranium, which some Iraqi critics and some U.S. veterans groups have attacked as an environmental menace created by the American military. At stake in the controversy are both the battle for international opinion concerning Iraq, and whether the Pentagon may eventually be forced to abandon the use of depleted uranium -- its most effective tank penetrator. For years, soldiers and civilians in several countries have complained of various medical ailments resulting from the use of "DU" in battles from the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo. Now, as the U.S. prepares for a second war in Iraq, where both U.S. tanks and A-10 aircraft would carry DU rounds, DU complaints are growing. In October, Iraqi doctors in southern Iraq showed U.S. congressmen evidence of almost a tenfold increase in birth defects, which they and Iraqi officials ascribe to the spread of radiation and poisons in the environment from DU weapons used 11 years ago. [FOR THE FULL STORY SEE: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB1041460835983280953,00.html ] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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