The United States is guilty of using depleted uranium, innocent children suffer!
WARNING: Photos below are horrifying!
EXTREME BIRTH DEFORMITIES
IRAQ: Doctors warn of increasing deformities in newborn babies
"Unborn children of the region [are] being asked to pay the highest price, the integrity
of their DNA."
- Ross B. Mirkarimi, The Arms Control Research Centre, from his report: ‘The Environmental and Human Health Impacts
of the Gulf Region with Special Reference to Iraq.’ May 1992
"Only tyrants can take a nation to war without the consent of the people.
The planned war against Iraq without a Declaration of War is illegal. It is unwise because of many unforeseen consequences
that are likely to result. It is immoral and unjust, because it has nothing to do with US security and because Iraq has not
initiated aggression against us."
- Congressman Ron Paul
I have recently received large numbers of photographs of horrendous birth deformities that are being experienced
in Iraq. I have not, quite frankly, ever seen anything like them. I urge you to copy this page / these pictures and circulate
them as widely as possible.
In an act of stark cruelty, the US dominated Sanctions Committee refuses to permit Iraq to import the clean-up equipment
that they desperately need to decontaminate their country of the Depleted Uranium ammunition that the US fired at them. Approximately
315 tons of DU dust was left by the use of this ammunition. The Sanctions Committee also refuses to allow the mass importation
of anti-cancer treatments, which contain trace amounts of radio-isotopes, on the grounds that these constitute '...nuclear
The majority of the pictures were supplied to me by a source who prefers to remain anonymous at the current time. I was
unable to acquire either original negatives, or prints from negatives. They arrived in the form of color A4 copies. I scanned
them into Photoshop and attempted to clean and sharpen them as best I could. There has not, and I repeat
not, been any digital alteration other than the cleaning and sharpening process. No text documentation arrived with
the pictures, so I have described them as accurately as I can. It is my understanding that the photographs were taken from
1998 onwards. I would be grateful to anyone who could potentially supply me with further information about these types of
deformities; medical terms for them, etc.
Additional pictures were taken by Dr. Siegwart Horst-Gunther, President of the International Yellow Cross. Most appeared
in his 1996 book "URANIUM PROJECTILES - SEVERELY MAIMED SOLDIERS, DEFORMED BABIES, DYING CHILDREN" (Published by AHRIMAN
- Verlag, ISBN: 3-89484-805-7). The book is a documentary record of DU ammunition after-effects, and they were taken between
1993 and 1995. Dr. Gunther also supplied me with additional photographs from his unpublished collection, some of which feature
the birth deformities being experienced by Western Gulf war veterans' children. I have asked Dr. Gunther's permission for
his pictures to be treated as 'Public Domain' and copyright free. He has agreed and you may reproduce them as you see fit.
Both the Pentagon and the British Ministry of Defense officially deny that there is any significant danger from exposure
to DU ammunition. And whilst it is conceivable that the US led attacks on Iraq's nuclear power stations could be a contributory
factor, most researchers point to DU as the most likely source of both deformities and cancers. The rising number of cases
in Iraq, particularly in the South where the greatest concentration of DU was fired, is simply staggering. Iraqi physicians
have never encountered anything like it, and have made the perfectly reasonable point that similar increases in cancer and
deformities were experienced in Japan after the two US atomic bomb attacks. Cancer has increased between 7 and 10 fold; deformities
between 4 and 6 fold.
Yet the US was well aware of the potential effects on civilians and military personnel of the chemical toxicity and radiological
properties of DU ammunition long before the Gulf war began, as the following excerpts of a US Army document categorically
"Aerosol DU (Depleted Uranium) exposures to soldiers on the battlefield could be significant
with potential radiological and toxicological effects. [...] Under combat conditions, the most exposed individuals are probably
ground troops that re-enter a battlefield following the exchange of armor-piercing munitions. [...] We are simply highlighting
the potential for levels of DU exposure to military personnel during combat that would be unacceptable during peacetime operations.
[...DU is..]... a low level alpha radiation emitter which is linked to cancer when exposures are internal, [and] chemical
toxicity causing kidney damage. [...] Short term effects of high doses can result in death, while long term effects of low
doses have been linked to cancer. [...] Our conclusion regarding the health and environmental acceptability of DU penetrators
assume both controlled use and the presence of excellent health physics management practices. Combat conditions will lead
to the uncontrolled release of DU. [...] The conditions of the battlefield, and the long term health risks to natives and
combat veterans may become issues in the acceptability of the continued use of DU kinetic penetrators for military applications."
- Excerpts from the July 1990 Science and Applications International Corporation report: 'Kinetic Energy Penetrator Environment
and Health Considerations', as included in Appendix D - US Army Armaments, Munitions and Chemical Command report: 'Kinetic
Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990'
The US was also well aware of the long-term dangers of DU contamination, and played it down, as the following memo and
document make clear:
"There has been and continues to be a concern regarding the impact of DU on the environment.
Therefore, if no-one makes a case for the effectiveness of DU on the battlefield, DU rounds may become politically unacceptable
and thus be deleted from the arsenal. I believe we should keep this sensitive issue in mind when action reports are written."
- Lt. Col. M.V. Ziehmn, Los Alamos National Laboratory memorandum, March 1st 1991
"Soldiers may be incidentally exposed to DU from dust and smoke on the battlefield. The Army
Surgeon General has determined that it is unlikely that these soldiers will receive a significant internal DU exposure. Medical
follow-up is not warranted for soldiers who experience incidental exposure from dust or smoke. [...] Since DU weapons are
openly available on the world arms market, DU weapons will be used in future conflicts. The number of DU patients on future
battlefields probably will be significantly higher because other countries will use systems containing DU. [...] DU is a low-level
radioactive waste, and, therefore, must be disposed of in a licensed repository. [...] No international law, treaty, regulation,
or custom requires the United States to remediate the Persian Gulf war battlefields."
- Report by the US Army Environmental Policy Institute: 'Health and Consequences of Depleted Uranium use in the US army',
DU ammunition is now possessed by more than 12 countries, and was used during the NATO led bombing of the former Yugoslavia.
Western forces stationed in the region have recently been advised not to drink the local water or eat locally produced food.
Yet the British Ministry of Defense continues to deny any potential risks, stating: "We have not seen any peer-reviewed epidemiological
research data to support these claims [that DU is dangerous.] [...] There are no plans to remove DU-based ammunition from
service." (Source: Two letters to me from Simon Wren, Overseas Secretariat, Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London - 20th
May 1999, and 22nd March 2000)
On a more personal level, I have heard stories of visitors to Iraq who spoke with mid-wives there. These mid-wives are
purported to have said they no longer look forward to births as.... "We don't know what's going to come out."
The pictures below, which are extremely disturbing, show exactly what DU does.