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Thursday, June 30, 2005

More scary opinion with no back up facts

Karl Meyers is misinformed in writing about "America's WMD," June 30, 2005
During the current Iraq War, the U.S. use of radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons increased from 375 tons used in 1991 to 2,200 tons. Geiger counter readings at sites in downtown Baghdad record radiation levels 1,000 to 2,000 times higher than background radiation. The Pentagon has bombed, occupied, tortured and contaminated Iraq. Millions of Iraqis are affected along with over 1 million U.S. soldiers. Half of the 697,000 U.S. Gulf War troops from the 1991 war have reported serious medical problems and a significant increase in birth defects among their newborn children.
There is little evidence and lots of opinion in this letter. According to the World Health Organization, DU radiation is very weak, 60% of naturally occurring uranium. You can find the details on DUs impact on the human body at the WHO web site. Click (here) for details.

Facts folks, get the facts before you write these crazy letters. Like who made the Baghdad measurements? Where can we find the information? Who published the birth defects information on 1991 Gulf War vets? Where can we find the information? Half of 1991 vets have "serious medical problems," really? Some facts please?

UPDATE: A reader pointed me to VA web site with detailed information on support for war vets. The total is 419K for Gulf War Vets, 228K with less than 30% disability, and 191K with greater than 30% disability. Since I was rated with 20% disability due to a slight hearing loss and and slight loss in peak lung flow. I do not think people with less than 30% disability fit in the category of "serious medical problems" So, it is closer to one quarter with "serious medical problems." These medical problems range from combat wounds, accidents, to more complex stress related problems.

I cannot find any birth defect information yet.

MORE UPDATE: WHO lists no known reproductive damage.

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