"Outlaw depleted uranium" (Herald-Times, Aug. 26)
- 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
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
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
Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition