AW: [ RadSafe ] Official italian report shows rise in tumours among balkan troops

Franz Schönhofer franz.schoenhofer at
Thu Apr 13 12:22:19 CDT 2006


Out of curiosity and to test the power of Google I searched for the report.
It really was not easy but finally I found it. Without knowing at least a
little Italian one cannot find it!

The website you give as the source for the English version of the article in
the Corriere della Sera is the website of a Serbian organisation "Serbian
Unity Congress", which is obviously based in the USA. Among the founders are
two persons cited with the title "HRH Prince....". Funny to hear about
Serbian princes in the year 2006! The content is without doubt a little
nationalistic and so I conclude, that this article was translated and
published to show the Serbs how bad the troops were, which ended the mass
slaughter committed by Serbs on other ethnical groups. (My words, not to be
found in the article.....) 

I found the original Corriere della Sera article and as far as I can judge
with my very poor Italian, the translation is correct.

The person "Marco Nese" mentioned in the paper is a journalist and book
author and not associated to the report. Falco Accame is a politician and
associated with an organisation dealing with veterans, the "Gulf War
Syndrome" and compensation.

The report was compiled by a group of (real) scientists under the leadership
of Prof. Franco Mandelli. The first part was delivered on March 19, 2001
(yes: 2001! Five years ago!), the third and last one some time in 2002. So
the report is not new, but new is that it again is dragged to the surface.

Unfortunately I cannot offer you to translate it, not only because of my bad
Italian, but the reports have altogether more than 80 pages.....

I hope this information helps. 

>From the unfair, dishonest, absolutely wrong, being slanderous, irrational,
childish, taking nasty pills and self-important jackass 


(The words above are from comments I received during the last twelve hours
or so - not a single one is from Sandy Perle!)

Franz Schoenhofer
PhD, MR iR
Habicherg. 31/7
A-1160 Vienna
phone -43-0699-1168-1319

> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: radsafe-bounces at [mailto:radsafe-bounces at] Im
> Auftrag von Roger Helbig
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 13. April 2006 07:44
> An: radsafelist
> Betreff: [ RadSafe ] Fw: [DU Information List] Official italian report
> showsrise in tumours among balkan troops
> I would appreciate it if any Italian or Italian speaking members of this
> list could find the original source of this alleged report and translate
> it into English for me.  It is the latest from the anti-DU crusade.
> Thanks.
> Roger Helbig
> Source: Corriere della Sera website, Milan, in  Italian 5 Apr 06
> Official Italian report shows rise in tumours  among Balkan troops
>  BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - April 6, 2006 Thursday
>  Text of report by Marco Nese, entitled "The Defence Ministry's Report:
> 158 Cases  of Tumours Among the Soldiers in the Balkans" report by Italian
> newspaper  Corriere della Sera website on 5 April; subheadings as
> published
>  Rome: In Bosnia and Kosovo, 28 Italian soldiers died. They did not lose
> their  lives in military operations, they died because they were struck by
> incurable  illnesses during the mission in the territories of the former
> Yugoslavia. This  appalling fact is contained in the annual report sent by
> the Defence Minister to  parliament.
>  It is a document which provides a detailed account of the situation of
> the armed  forces' personnel. A "record of service" that was instituted
> for the first time  by Giovanni Spadolini, when he was defence minister.
>  The annual "record of service" provides an update to last 31 December. As
> of  that date, 158 cases of malignant tumours had been verified (at the
> end of 2004,  there were 99), which caused, in fact, 28 deaths. On the
> basis of the medical  tests, the most wide-spread diseases concern thyroid
> tumours (24 cases),  testicular tumours (21 cases), and Hodgkin's
> Lymphoma, with 20 affected.
>  The disease
>  They have called it the "Balkans syndrome", and it has always been
> suspected  that the fatal illnesses may be connected to the notorious
> "depleted uranium"  [preceding words in English], depleted uranium [in
> vernacular]. In reality, it  has never been possible to attribute complete
> responsibility with scientific  certainty to that metal, which was
> contained in the projectiles fired by the  fighter planes during the
> Kosovo war. As the Pentagon has admitted, a good  11,000 of them were
> launched. They were fired at armoured vehicles to penetrate  them, thanks
> to the enormous impact force of the depleted uranium.
>  The commission chaired by Professor Mandelli arrived at the conclusion
> that the  number of deceased was within the national average. However, the
> list of the  fatal illnesses and the soldiers who have died in the past
> five or six years has  grown alarmingly longer. "Really", said Falco
> Accame, who was chairman of the  Defence Committee, "to trace death with
> certainty to the depleted uranium is  impossible. But we also do not have
> the opposite certainty, namely that depleted  uranium is innocent,
> unrelated to the tragic end of so many young men."
>  The research
>  According to experts, the "Balkans syndrome" may be brought about by a
> set of  causes, which run from the environment in which the soldiers
> operate to the  stress that the missions abroad entail. The Pentagon has
> recently recognized  that the psychophysical stress of the soldiers can
> cause serious pathologies,  they have called it "battle fatigue"
> [preceding words in English], stress from  battle.
>  Whether the stress or the depleted uranium is to blame, the research,
> Falco  Accame believes, should not be limited to the soldiers employed in
> Bosnia and  Kosovo but should also be extended to those who operate in
> Albania, and  especially it should start with the first Gulf War, which
> goes back to 1991.
>  "Fatal cases have been verified both among the soldiers sent at that time
> to  Kuwait and among those sent to Somalia in 1993. In both missions, they
> could  have had contact with depleted uranium."
>  The Defence Ministry created an inquiry commission in 2000 following
> disturbing  reports of deaths among the men sent abroad. Since then,
> anyone who returns from  a mission is subjected to careful medical tests.
> So far, the examinations have  been done on 65,701 soldiers who were
> rotated in Bosnia and Kosovo.
> ---------------------------------
>  Source: Corriere della Sera website, Milan, in  Italian 5 Apr 06
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