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DU = "Silent Genocide"
Tue Apr 6, 2004 00:47
DU = "Silent Genocide"
We must not ignore what we are doing in Iraq, Afghanistan and have done in
Kososvo. Our use of radio-active weaponry in these places is KILLING OUR TROOPS
AS WELL AS THE CITIZENS of these countries. Our troops are poisoned with
radio-active substances and dying from it. Their children are born with massive
defects. We have created a nuclear wasteland that will kill and kill and kill.
C'mon folks....THIS IS SHEER INSANITY !
Raise your voices! Write the editor! Call the talk show! March in the streets!
We can not allow this to continue!
Please send this message far and wide.
[media advisory on resources follows article]
March 25, 2004
By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
"After the Americans destroyed our village and killed many of us, we also lost
our houses and have nothing to eat. However, we would have endured these
miseries and even accepted them, if the Americans had not sentenced us all to
This will not be easy to read, especially if you've projected evil out of your
own heart, into some cave in Afghanistan or a spider hole in Iraq, and reduced
the age-old question it inspires to this one:
How can we bomb it off the face of the earth?
Before the damage we inflict grows greater, before history's judgment gets
worse, before we contaminate the whole world - even before we vote in the next
election - we must stop what we're doing. We must stop now.
It's time to listen for a moment not to defense analysts briefing officers, pols
or pundits, but to people like Jooma Khan, a grandfather who lives in a village
in Laghman Province, in northeastern Afghanistan, who is quoted above. Surely he
deserves 30 seconds of our undivided attention. "When I saw my deformed
grandson," he told an interviewer in March of 2003, "I realized that my hopes of
the future have vanished for good. (This is) different from the hopelessness of
the Russian barbarism, even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah.
This time, however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us
by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape."
We're waging war-plus in Afghanistan and Iraq - in effect, nuclear war, with our
widespread use of depleted-uranium-tipped shells and missiles. This is no
secret. DU, with its extraordinary penetrating power and explode-on-impact
capability, helps assure our military dominance everywhere we go. But people
like Jooma Khan and his grandson reap its toxic legacy.
So, of course, do our own troops.
Kahn's words are only a sliver of the damning testimony contained in the
documents of the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan, a Japanese
citizens' initiative that recently concluded its two-year inquiry into the first
phase of the Bush Administration's war on terror. But they say everything that
we cannot hear. If we could hear Jooma Khan, and others who are sounding the
alarm about DU, such as former Livermore Labs geologist Leuren Moret, who
testified at the tribunal, there would not be mere thousands of people in the
streets of American cities demanding that we stop the war, but hundreds of
thousands, or millions - the sort of numbers that turn out in
other parts of the world.
The use of DU weaponry is not the extent of our criminal
irresponsibility in Afghanistan and Iraq, which led to the tribunal's guilty
verdict against George Bush on charges of war crimes, but it's the most
chilling. (You can check out the full report at, among other places,
As Moret testified, depleted uranium turns into a infinitesimally fine dust
after it explodes; individual particles are smaller than a virus or bacteria.
And, "It is estimated that one millionth of a gram accumulating in a person's
body would be fatal. There are no known methods of
And DU dust is everywhere. A minimum of 500 or 600 tons now litter Afghanistan,
and several times that amount are spread across Iraq. In terms of global
atmospheric pollution, we've already released the equivalent of 400,000 Nagasaki
bombs, Moret said.
The numbers are overwhelming, but the potential horrors only get worse. DU dust
does more than wreak havoc on the immune systems of those who breathe or touch
it; the substance also alters one's genetic code.
Thus, birth defects are way up in Afghanistan since the invasion: children "born
with no eyes, no limbs, tumors protruding from their mouths ...deformed
genitalia," according to the tribunal report. This ghastly toll on the unborn -
on the future - has led investigators to coin the term "silent genocide" to
describe the effects of this horrific weapon.
The Pentagon's response to such charges is denial, denial, denial. And the
American media is its moral co-conspirator.
But blame is beside the point. Surely even those who still await "conclusive
proof" that DU is the cause, or a factor, in the mystery illnesses and birth
defects emanating from the war zones, can see the logic in halting its use now.
Global terrorism? Listen to Jooma Khan. Then look in
- - -
Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, is an editor at
Tribune Media Services and nationally syndicated writer. Tribune Media Services,
Media Advisory - March 22, 2004
The World Depleted Uranium/Uranium Weapons Conference, held in Hamburg, Oct
16-19, is now available for audio download and replay/airplay at
You may also pre-order the Conference Reader through this link.
More than 200 participants represented 21 nations, including Iraq, Afghanistan,
Australia, Japan, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland,
Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Algeria, Cuba, and Malta,
UK and the US.
Over 35 speakers including scientists, medical professionals, Iraqi medical and
environmental professionals, independent researchers, international legal
experts, military professionals, a nuclear weapons lab whistleblower, a
prosecutor for the International War Crimes Tribunal for Afghanistan, veterans
and their families, civilians, NGO, and peace and anti-globalization activists
presented their most recent findings and
issues about the effects of these illegal weapons. Iraqi scientist, Dr. Souad
Al-Azzawi, received the internationally recognized Nuclear Free Future Award and
prize of 10,000 Euros on October 12, just prior to the Conference. She presented
her findings on environmental studies of DU contamination of air, soil and water
in southern Iraq from the 1991 Gulf War. For information on the speakers, see
The evidence coming from the scientists, health rofessionals and legal experts
at this Conference is clear: "DU is causing significant health effects
worldwide, and it illegal under existing international law and convention,"
concluded conference planner Marion
KŸpker, co-coordinator of the German anti-weapons group Gewaltfreie Aktion
Atomwaffen Abschaffen (GAAA). "Now it's up to the activist community to force
rogue governments like the US and Britain to observe international law the same
preach it to other nations."
The Index at
is primarily audio, with links to 34 mp3 format files of presentations and
interviews that are downloadable. They may be copied for non-profit use,
replayed on computers, or burned to CD audio format for replay on CD players or
by radio stations. We encourage distribution to radio programs which are free to
use the material. In the few cases where audio was not available, we have
provided the text of presentations or other pertinent resources. In addition,
you will find select conference reports and a conference photo-album.
The audio index, with related resources, was a collaborative effort of the
Conference and Traprock Peace Center.
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