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"Outlaw depleted uranium" (Herald-Times, Aug. 26)

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  • Christine Glaser
    Please write letters to newspaper editors calling for abolishing Depleted Uranium weaponry. This letter is a great example of much can be conveyed in under 200
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      Please write letters to newspaper editors calling for abolishing Depleted
      Uranium weaponry. This letter is a great example of much can be conveyed in
      under 200 words. Thank you Mary!


      "Outlaw depleted uranium"

      To the editor:
      (The Herald-Times, Bloomington, Indiana)
      Aug. 26, 2005

      It's time to abolish the manufacture and use of depleted uranium in our
      weapons systems. "Depleted" uranium is a deliberately misleading name
      designed to sound harmless. But DU has 60 percent as much radiation as
      natural uranium. The Department of Energy admits that DU stockpiles contain
      radioactive waste from nuclear reactor cores and that plutonium is present
      in DU. Plutonium is one of the most radioactive and toxic substances on
      Earth.

      DU, used in armor-piercing artillery shells, vaporizes upon contact and
      disperses dangerous radioactive particles up to 200 miles. Adults, children
      and even unborn children are still reaping the grotesque and painful
      consequences of DU radiation from as early as 1991, the first Gulf War.

      Furthermore, the U.S. must responsibly clean up the deadly areas which we
      have created in such places as Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Having
      attacked these areas using DU, these countries now have congested civilian
      areas saturated in radioactive particles with a half-life of up to 4.47
      billion years.

      It's backwards to use radiological weapons in what this administration
      claims is a war to liberate people. It's past time that the United States
      joined the world community in outlawing depleted uranium munitions.

      Mary Blizzard, Bloomington




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      Timothy Baer
      Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
      (812) 988-1917
      BPACpeace@...
      http://www.BPAC.info
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