[ RadSafe ] The DU Myth and the European Parliament

Riely, Brian P. brian.riely at ngc.com
Tue May 27 09:22:36 CDT 2008

James (is that your real name?)

Rather than health physics, my background is in semiconductor laser
physics; therefore, I have no choice but to be an impartial citizen with
respect to health related issues.  I have followed a few of your threads
and you have lost all credibility for this impartial citizen.

Brian (my real name)

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of James Salsman
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:05 AM
To: Roger Helbig; radsafelist
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] The DU Myth and the European Parliament


Thank you for your assertion:

>... members of Parliament have bought completely into the myth....

On the contrary, there are far more dangerous myths about depleted
uranium issuing from your keyboard than from the European Parlament.

MYTH:  Uranium smoke inhalation does not lead to increases in birth

FACT:  This is proven among all on this list but those who have shown
that they have incorrect understanding of uranyl genotoxicity and are
not willing to spend $31.50 to update their understanding from the most
recent reviews in the peer-reviewed literature.

MYTH:  There was no increase in the incidence of birth defects among
those potentially exposed to uranium smoke and effluents from the
300,000+ Kg of uranium which has been used in Iraq and Bosnia.

FACT:  There were huge increases in birth defects among combat troops of
the February, 1991 Gulf War, including U.S. troops (220% increase in
females, according to Dr. Han Kang of the Veterans Administration), U.K.
troops, the people of Basra, which drew its drinking water from streams
contaminated by smoke condensate rain water runoff effluents, and
Kuwaitis, who are all also seeing an increase in immunological problems.

MYTH:  There are no viable alternatives to depleted uranium in

FACT:  The U.S. Navy switched to tungsten in the late '90s.  Tungsten is
not pyrophoric, and not teratogenic -- acting off the battlefield
-- like depleted uranium, but some alloy formulations are carcinogenic.

Which would you rather be hurt in a war, the troops or their kids?

Your defense of D.U. munitions is nothing but a cowardly impulse. What
conduct is more unbecoming save an attack on your own men?

I repeat my challenge to you, to a debate, in public, among impartial
citizens, with audiovisual recording.

James Salsman
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