Effects of U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Iraq
April 25, 2004
In early April, the Associated Press reported that at least 5 U.S. soldiers tested positive for uranium poisoning as a result of exposure to depleted uranium (U-238) during their tour of duty in Iraq.
After returning from Iraq, the soldiers experienced such symptoms as headaches, joint aches, constant nausea, overpowering fatigue and pain from swallowing. The Army, refusing to test the men for radiation poisoning, insisted that the symptoms "all in the heads." However, a private physicians administered tests for depleted uranium and the five men tested positive.
In fact, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers and millions of Iraqi civilians have been exposed.
During the bombing of Iraq last year, the U.S. dropped 2,200 tons of depleted uranium on Iraq. According the Japanese physicist Professor Yagasaki the radioactivity released from these bombs is equivalent to the radioactivity which would result from more than 250,000 A-bombs of the size used on Nagasaki.
Now that the depleted uranium has been dispersed in tiny particles it is spreading over wide areas, up to 1,000 miles from the sites of the explosions. U-238 will remain radioactive for billions of years, contaminating the soil, the groundwater, the air, the food supply, etc. Once it is inhaled, it begins bombarding body cells, including chromosomes and can lead to many diseases, including cancer, genetic birth defects, etc.