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>And then there=B9s the =8CHiroshima effect=B9 of depleted >uranium. >Pilger wrote in the Daily Mirror just before the war, >Depleted uranium [is] a sinister component of tank shells >and airborne missiles. In truth, it is a form of >nuclear warfare, and all the evidence suggests that its We should remember that DU is also a chemical weapon, being, at the least, one of the heavy metals, and like lead or mercury should be expected to produce terrible effects in young children, neonates, and fetuses (who are especially susceptible to any sort of disturbance). While uranium in the atomic bombs was measured in pounds and created radioactive fallout, DU was dropped in tons and is significant chemically, as well as radioactively. Any who wish to blame the Americans for the birth defects can also note that the US was instrumental in Saddam's use of the other chemical weapons also (with Rumsfeld in the thick of it). >Hang on a minute. Cancers don't happen overnight. They >develop after a latency period of at least four years. Hmmm... Is this true? If it takes four years to get a cancer how do children younger than four develop it? What about cancer in lab animals like mice, which are quite young? Mice, I suppose, metabolize faster, but so do babies. This is one reason why prostrate cancer is less dangerous than it might be: it's common among the old, and for that reason develops more slowly, I have heard. Is anyone keeping track of how many older Iraqis are developing cancers which take more time? Are we talking about birth defects, malignancies, or non-malignant tumors? I expect we need some good scientific research in a non-political atmosphere, and will require at the least a stabilization in Iraq, re-equipping hospitals and biological laboratories -- and paying the doctors would be nice too. But let's meet the current crises now. ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk