[ RadSafe ] The DU Myth and the European Parliament

Fred Dawson fred-dawson at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue May 27 13:39:40 CDT 2008

I would be grateful for a reference to the peer report or reports that conclusively proves an increased incidence of birth defects in UK troops in Iraq or Bosnia and also proves that this was caused by DU.

Fred Dawson

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On Behalf Of James Salsman
Sent: 27 May 2008 15:05
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 defects.

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

MYTH:  There are no viable alternatives to depleted uranium in munitions.

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

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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