Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Depleted Uranium, Our Vets & the Iraqis
Now most of us lib bloggers have been painfully aware of the horrific effects of depleted uranium for a while now (more pix here) but I'm impressed that MSNBC has devoted giving space to a 4 page online article about DU. While researching for this post, I came across this article about a 22 yr old Iraq vet who died from a range of cancers, and his mother's fight to find out what killed her son. Read the article... it contains a quote by Lieberman that I find interesting given that Joe-Judas vehemently wants our troops to remain stuck in the clusterfuck we call Iraq, furthering their exposure (as well as generations of exposed and sickened Iraqis to come since DU leaves behind a fine radioactive dust with a half-life of 4.5 billion yrs): Lieberman, co-author of a Senate bill on depleted uranium that passed June 20, said "Other studies have been done on the subject. Those studies concluded there was no evidence that exposure to the metal caused illnesses. It is time for a review by the Pentagon to see if there has been scientific progress that would provide a more accurate and definitive answer to possible links to adverse health. This amendment would require the Pentagon to provide that assessment." But given that the Pentagon flatly refuses to even acknowledge that DU causes any health problems-- despite studies showing otherwise-- do we really think they will suddenly have a change of heart due to a Senate bill?