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*Editors Note:
This was forwarded to me buy a reader.
I do not have a URL for this article,
As far as I can tell it originated @
Educate-Yourself_Forum@yahoogroups.com
the author is Victor Connor.
It is a very revealing and informative essay.

The Greatest Crime of Historic Time
by
Victor Connor


 

The greatest crime against humanity in all historic time has now
been committed by the United States government. It dwarfs Joseph
Stalin's killing of 7,000,000 Ukrainians in the 1930s and Adolph
Hitler's killing of 6,000,000 Jewish people in the 1940s. This crime
will cause the premature deaths of TENS of MILLIONS of people and will
give a horribly debilitating disease to TENS of MILLIONS more. It is
indiscriminate mass murder - genocide. My statements may be dramatic,
but they are absolutely true.
    Since October of 2001, the United States military has used
approximately
3,000 tons of depleted uranium munitions against people in Afghanistan
and Iraq. This will soon cause the serious health problems to include
respiratory disease, kidney problems, rashes, birth defects, and the
number of cancers of those people to jump to over 500,000 people each
year. How do I know this? Because the United States military used 375
tons of depleted uranium munitions against Iraq in 1991 and the cancer
rate in children measured in Iraqi hospitals rose from 32,000 per year
in 1990 to 130,000 in 1997. According to U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs official reports, U.S. casualties from Gulf War 1 now exceed
180,000 and already over 30,000 are now disabled from Gulf War 2.
We've
now used eight times what we did in 1991 and radiation has long been
known to cause cancer. This is well known by our federal government.
    In a document dated October 30, 1943 and declassified June 5,
1974,
three major scientists (Drs. James Conant, A. H. Compton, and H. C.
Urey) wrote to Brigadier General Leslie R. Groves, who was the head of
the atom bomb project, concerning "Radioactive materials as a military
weapon." In that document they stated:

    "As a gas warfare instrument the material would be ground into
particles of microscopic size to form dust and smoke and distributed
by
a ground-fired projectile, land vehicles, or aerial bombs. In this
form
it would be inhaled by personnel. The amount necessary to cause death
to
a person inhaling the material is extremely small. It has been
estimated
that one millionth of a gram accumulating in a person's body would be
fatal. There are no known methods of treatment for such a casualty"

    Proponents of depleted uranium weaponry will state that depleted
uranium is only half as radioactive as normal uranium, which is true.
This would mean that it would take TWO millionths of a gram
accumulating
in a person's body to be fatal according to Conant, Compton and Urey.
Unfortunately, it isn't known exactly how much uranium ore would be
sufficient to cause death over a short period of time, but we do know
it
caused the cancer deaths of workers during the two years the Manhattan
Project existed in making our first three atomic bombs. Since then,
scientists have learned a lot more about the debilitating effects to
animals exposed to higher than normal radiation levels.
    In fact, increased cancer rates downwind of American nuclear power
plants are well documented, even though not well reported. Nuclear
power
plants in the United States release small amounts of radioactive gases
on a daily or weekly basis. Compared to the depleted uranium usage in
Iraq and Afghanistan, these are extremely small amounts, but the
communities that live within fifty miles of the normal downwind area
from these nuclear power plants have higher rates of cancer. One
particularly telling fact is where nuclear reactors have been shut
down
for a few years and then restarted. The cancer rate among infants and
young children who were born after the shutdown quickly fell to
national
averages, before rising again after the reactors were restarted.
    It takes about eight tons of regular uranium ore to make one ton
of
enriched uranium to be used in nuclear power plants. This leaves seven
tons of depleted uranium. Depleted uranium is composed primarily of
three isotopes of uranium; it is 99.8% of U-238, 0.2% of U-235 and
0.0008% of U-234; collectively one microgram of it will constantly
emit
about 120 alpha particles every day for millions of years. One alpha
particle has enough energy to disrupt the genetic information in the
nucleus of a cell, but when this happens hundreds of local cells are
affected by the instability of the zapped cell.
    To get a better understanding how radiation affects a human body,
think of it this way. We live in a dynamic universe. We are constantly
bombarded with radiation from outer space, even though we are far from
the sun and other stars. There are trace amounts of uranium and radon
among other naturally decaying elements throughout the surface of the
Earth. Collectively, these sources affect all of the cells in our
body,
but it is a question of the rate of impact on our cells. On average
each
cell in a body is hit about one to two times a year from a natural
source of radiation.   Compare that with one millionth of a gram of
depleted uranium ingested into a body - this will hit thousands of
cells
every day. In terms of the rate of increase, this means that many of
the
cells that are nearby depleted uranium particles are being zapped at a
rate that is 100,000 times more than normal. This will either kill the
cells or cause massive genetic defects.
    The mechanism for this crime against humanity is as follows. A
depleted uranium projectile smashes into a vehicle or building. For
example, each Abrams tank round contains about 10 pounds of solid
depleted uranium while each 30 mm round fired by the A10 Warthog has
about 3/4 pound of solid depleted uranium. After the collision, about
half of the projectile is turned into powder 10 microns (ten one
millionths of a meter) or smaller. A human hair is normally between 60
and 100 microns thick and that proverbial millionth of a gram of
depleted uranium would fill a cube 37 microns on each side. This dust
now blows wherever the wind takes it. We have already found depleted
uranium in Iraq twenty five miles from an impact site. This
radioactive
dust blows in cities, in parks, on crops, in the rivers, and
everywhere.
They can be breathed in or ingested from food and drink. Particles on
the order of 2.5 microns are perfect for implanting themselves in our
lungs. A small number of these would be like smoking over ten packs of
cigarettes every day forever and children one, two and five years old
are getting this into their lungs.
    If we used 375 tons of depleted uranium in the first Gulf War,
think
how the people of Iraq and Afghanistan will feel and be affected now
that we used 3,000 tons of depleted uranium against them. And its
terrible effects will be there forever.
    Although many Americans believe that we are making life better for
Iraqis because we removed a brutal dictator and are giving them
democracy, Hussein averaged a few thousand tortures and murders per
year
(and they were highly directed at his political dissidents), whereas
we
will soon be causing the deaths and terribly debilitating diseases of
hundreds of thousands of people per year and these deaths will include
babies and infants (Hussein seldom purposefully ever hurt the very
young).
    What we are doing is indiscriminate genocide of the Muslim people
in
the Middle East. The wind blows in all directions and Iran, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Syria and Turkmenistan are all Muslim
countries and are on Iraq's and Afghanistan's borders.
    Does it make sense to destroy Iraq in order to save it?
    Is this the will of the compassionate Christian or the politically
responsible Republican or Democrat? Is our federal government doing a
good thing? Not being a Christian or a Republican or a Democrat, I
don't
understand it. Even though I'm not a Christian, Muslim or Jew, I still
believe that you are good people, but as terribly uninformed as I was
a
few months ago.
    You may ask: why are we doing this. The answer seems clear to me.
Corporations are the driving force behind our federal government. They
have taken control of the executive branch of the federal government
which has eclipsed the legislative and judicial branches. The
executive
branch is no longer responsive or accountable to the will of the
people,
and is out of control. They are highly affected by corporate lobbyists
and take their direction from corporations because money talks.
    The defense industry lobbyists want the federal government's
supply
of depleted uranium. Since the nuclear power industry has found no
acceptable way to safely dispose of the leftover radioactive materials
they produce, there are over 900,000 tons of depleted uranium still
lying around waiting to be made into military weapons because it has
no
other commercial use and it makes big profits for the defense
industries
in not having to produce it themselves. These big profits can then be
used to make large donations to federal politicians who follow
corporate
directives. It's a vicious and deadly cycle.
    Now I know most of you are caught up in the media show for our
next
presidential election. Bush and Kerry are mostly puppets of their
handlers. Either will do almost anything to get elected and most of
you
have bought into the nonsense of who's better, Democrat or Republican,
when in fact they are just two sides of the same coin. In the
meantime,
while you are misdirected, people are dying and will soon start to die
unnecessarily by the hundreds of thousands each year and for as long
as
people live in those regions. And what's even worse is that as long as
we keep using depleted uranium weapons we will be permanently
polluting
more and more of the Earth.
    Don't think that this depleted uranium won't affect us here in the
United States. 30,000 returning soldiers have depleted uranium in
their
urine. This means that many of them will have it in their semen and
genetic damage and birth defects will start to skyrocket here at home.
This is a Pandora's Box that is still open. Do you have the personal
integrity and humanity to shut it?
    It is still not too late. U.S. Army and the Department of Defense
have regulations and orders in place that mandate medical care for all
DU casualties and require thorough environmental clean up of all DU
contamination (http://www.traprockpeace.org/rokke_du_3_ques.html ) but
our nation's military leaders and President Bush simply refuse to
comply
with these legal requirements.  This makes sense from a business point
of view, because ultimately corporations would lose too many profits.
    For a true Christian, would Jesus want us to keep polluting the
Middle East with deadly radioactive waste? For a true Republican or
Democrat, Abraham Lincoln said, "To sin by silence when they should
protest makes cowards of men." But in this case we would also be
accomplices to murder.
    Criticism of the government is not incompatible with good
citizenship; it is a prerequisite. For some reason, many people
believe
that criticism of the government is unpatriotic, when in fact it was
the
very first change that our founding fathers made when amending our
Constitution.

Victor Connor

Please check my facts. If you find them to be true, then forward this
email to everyone you can. We must be a catalyst for helping people,
even at the expense of exposing our wrong doings.
 
 

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