Why War Is Stupid! Part 33⅓

31 Jan

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If you have not read my previous two memos on this subject, Don’t Let You Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys, and Why War Is Stupid: Part Deux, I invite you to please do so…but here is just another of so many reasons why you should not participate nor encourage anyone you know to go to war.

Depleted uranium is the waste product of the uranium enrichment process for nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons. It consists of the same components and  it has about 60 percent of the radioactivity of uranium. Since it is a waste product and therefore difficult to find a place to put, store, hide, get rid of…The United States has stockpiled an estimated 450,000 tons of the stuff.

But…Since it has also been discovered to be heavier than lead and harder than steel, DU is used by the US  in both defensive armor and armor-piercing ammunition. These weapons contain a solid rod of DU that increases their ability to penetrate heavily armored vehicles, buildings, tanks and underground bunkers and, unlike other weapons that become blunted upon impact, DU sharpens and self-ignites upon firing and impact. These weapons also however,  create an aerosolized cloud of radioactive uranium oxide  that in effect “cooks” any unfortunates who may be inside said tank, vehicle or bunker. This makes DU weapons incredibly effective, and more and more the weapon of choice in today’s modern war scenarios.

It is now estimated that over 1,000 tons of DU have been used by US and British forces throughout the 1991 war in Iraq, in the Balkans in the late 1990’s in the 2003 Iraq War, and in Afghanistan. This of course has been very bad news for our enemies and very good news for those who have been trying to get rid of this nuclear waste product…but why should it be of any concern to you and I and our soldiers?

Well,…scientists estimate that anywhere from 50-96 percent of the dust created by these weapons is made up of respirable particles which, if inhaled, can remain in the lungs for years. As a result not only our enemies but also our soldiers breath this “depleted” uranium on a daily basis not to mention the millions of innocent Bosnian, Iraqi and Afghani citizens many of whom now live in cities under conditions akin to Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the A-bomb droppings of 1945.

And consider these figures which are now being reported…Just 467 US personnel were wounded in the three-week Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. Out of 580,400 soldiers who served in Gulf War I, 11,000 are dead, and by 2000 there were 325,000 on permanent medical disability. This astounding number of disabled vets means that within one decade, 56 percent of those soldiers who served in the first Gulf War now have medical problems.

We’ve all heard that “war is hell” and that it is an unfortunate  “necessary evil” but now when you consider that we as a country are fighting wars against such overmatched militaries like Iraq and Afghanistan much if not most of the damage that is done to our own soldiers is either from what is known as “friendly fire” or the newly added dangers of exposure to our own deadly weapons caused by the fallout from DU, and then if you add in the concussive effects of these incredibly powerful weapons and the head trauma that is experienced by troops who are simply on the battlefield when these weapons are fired,  then include the ever growing anti-social and anxietal problems of simply being in the modern military and the high incidences of  rape and suicide they produce, we truly have become our own worst enemies.

We have finally met our most formidable foe…and it is us!

So Mamas… and Papas…do not let, encourage or even suggest to your babies that they  grow up to be cowboys and fight in wars.

I fear,  and perhaps even more frighteningly so, that we must now and forever only let our robots do it…and that, sadly and ironically enough, may just prove to be the best and most imperative reason to no longer do it at all…

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7 Responses to “Why War Is Stupid! Part 33⅓”

  1. John January 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    I had no idea. This is irresponsible and evil for a government to knowingly subject servicemen and women to this. Evil, just evil.

  2. ginaquilts January 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Well this scares the crap out of me since my son did two tours in Afghanistan in the past 4 years. I’m sure the soldiers don’t know about this information.

  3. samuel13208 January 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on Blogger Diversity and commented:
    Wow, the statustic put forth in this article are, to say the least, incredible. This is very scary. If true, in essence, we are including dirty bomb material in our regular bombs, shields, and bullets. I can say as a fact, that the vibrations and reverberations of the heavy equipment can rattle the brain. I was standing next to a self propelled howitzer, when it was fired. I hadn’t quite put in the ear plugs. My whole being felt the vibration from it. My brain felt ‘rattled.’ One day, maybe mankind will know wars only through the history books.

  4. alesiablogs February 1, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I really did not know all this info. you share, but suspected for some time the dangers our warfare poses on our GI’s..I am a VET from Desert Storm, but was stationed in Germany as an RN at Landstuhl Army Medical Center ICU and took care of the guys who got hurt mostly from accidents. I still believe in a strong defense just so you know, but this does indeed disturb me…If my son wants to join the service, I would have to support his decision, but he knows I do not want him to follow in my footsteps, but he seems to be really interested in the military..He promises me he will get his 4 yr degree so I am holding him to that!

  5. momshieb February 1, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    This is completely new information for me, but is just one more reason to be planning our rally against the upcoming wars in Syria/Iran. Thanks for posting this.

  6. TamrahJo February 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    It’s been awhile since I read Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement (http://www.emotionalsurvival.com/about.htm), but the statistics of officers killed in the line of duty each year (somewhere around 600, if I remember correctly) compared to those who commit suicide (again, memory serves around 3,000+) are horrendous and I have no doubt these stats also occur in our military –

    The failure to train those who serve in our military and emergency services to deal with the physiological and psychological fall-out from a career steeped in, “adrenaline rushes”, causes just as much, if not more, disabilities and deaths than the physical consequences of our wars, IMHO.

    Taking those ‘hidden numbers’ of destroyed lives and families, added to those you posted above, I cannot help but think again, “No matter who wins the war, we all lose.”

    Thanks for the well-written and informative post and the chance to share information dear to my heart – -

  7. Sharon February 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Thanks for writing this post. It is so important to get the truth out there. Ignorance is a killer… but so is apathy. Hopefully we, as a nation, will cure ourselves of both.

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