3436Re: [ujeni] A letter from Japan
- Sep 24, 2002I know that some of the artillery (particularly anti-tank) rounds are tipped
with this substance for better penetration. I don't know of anything beyond
>From: "Vyrle Owens" <vyrle@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [ujeni] A letter from Japan
>Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 21:27:22 -0700
>24 September 2002
>Dear ujeni folks,
>Here is something a little different and in my case something I did not
>know before. Depleted Uranium (DU, Uranium 238) was used as a weapon in
>the gulf war. Is it true?
>The author is Yumi Kikuchi, a Japanese subscriber to one the yahoo
>groups to which I also subscribe.
>Y'all take care,
>Dear Americans, please do not forget (or I should say you better
>learn) what US Government did in the Gulf War before you
>allow them to launch another war. US military has used over 1 miilion DU
>bullets and 4000 bombs with 5kg DU, over 3 tons of DU total in Persian
>Gulf War in 1991. Most are still dumped there and people are daily
>exposed to it. (DU emits alpha rays so it is safe as long as you do not
>inhale it. But once you inhale it, it causes lung cancer regardless of
>the amount. Very small amount will do as it emits alpha ray
>permanently. It also make your baby diformed if you are exposed to DU)
>I know a few Japanese photo jounalists and activists who visit Iraq
>regularly to research what has been happening and to bring medical and
>food supplies. Global Peace Camapaign Japanese team will visit Iraq this
>November to research further and bring more supply. I am helping to
>raise money for that.
>Iraq mothers and fatheres, kids and babies are suffering from it as well
>as US soldiers (Gulf War syndrome) who were exposed to the DU. and they
>and their babies are now dying of lukimia, cancer and low immune, on top
>of no clean water and no sufficient food in Iraq. Of course, lack of
>medicine because of sanction: 7,500 or so are dying every month. Over
>1.5 million people died since the Gulf War.
>Iraq was one of the most beautiful place with ancient cultures as you
>know from Mesopotamia civilization. One of the oldest histories of this
>planet. A lot have been already destroyed and we are now destroying the
>country forever by allowing the use of Depeleted Uraniam.
>It is as bad (or worse) as Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
>I should never forget Japanese government paied for this war. We just
>gave US government 13 billion Dolllars to pay for the Gulf War in 1991.
>Disgusting! Just one phone call from Bush(Dad) to our PM made this
>happen. The approval by our Diet(how the congress is called here) was
>after PM said YES to Bush.
>I did what I could then, but this time, I am more ditermined to stop the
>war and not to spend a penny to support the attack against Iraq. People
>in Iraq are suffering enough and I am not sure how many are going to
>survive in the long run as there is very few healthy babies being born
>there since the Gulf War. A lot are born diforemed or dead, or if they
>look normal at the birth, they soon suffer from lukimia or cancer and do
>not live very long.
>US and UK do not have to bomb Iraq again as they will naturally
>dissapear in the long run if we do not help them now. The sanction has
>to be stopped now. DU contamination has to be cleaned up. By who? I
>guess it is fare to say by those who did it. I am also responsible for
>this as Gulf War is partially funded by Japanese government. I am doind
>what I can.
>DU contamination is forever.
>The half life of DU(Uraniam 238), as you know, is 4.5 billion years, as
>long as the life of the earth. I do not know how we are going to clean
>it up. As Uranium 238 emit alpha-rays (not gumma) only so I guess the
>contaminated soil and things can be buried underground.
>What a mess we are creating on this lovely planet!
>We are not here to kill each other. We are here to learn how to love
>and be loved.
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