Sunday, August 24, 2003 5:14 AM WHAT WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS WAR WHAT HAVE THEY WROUGHT? ---An open letter to Christopher Hitchens, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, the VFW, Ted Turner, David Hackworth, Madonna, Michael Moore, Robert Byrd, Rush Limbaugh, Dan Rather, Richard Perle, Ariel Sharon, the Pope, David Rockefeller, Amnesty International, and the King of Siam--- From Jon Rappoport www.nomorefakenews.com April 7, 2003 Yesterday, in an attempt to find out more about the death of NBC reporter, David Bloom, I spoke with the former head of the Pentagon Depleted Uranium Investigation Team, Dr. Doug Rokke. Rokke was the man who went to Iraq a decade ago on a mission to report on depleted uranium (DU). What he found was so horrifying the Pentagon scuttled his work and tried to make him an invisible man. Rokke suffered uranium poisoning himself. But his medical records, and those of who knows how many thousands of other soldiers, do not reflect that. History has been suppressed, has been re-written. Our conversation began with me asking Rokke if he thought that the announced cause of David Bloom's death, pulmonary embolism, could have resulted from DU. But Rokke stopped me short. He said, "This was the diagnosis they immediately gave out? I don't see how. You can't diagnose that from the battlefield. You really need an autopsy to discover whether that's the cause..." Which opened up new questions. Rokke began to talk about conditions in the Gulf now. He said that the PR about the US limiting civilian casualties is absurd, because, for example, the Pentagon admits to losing 700 cruise missiles that have been fired at Baghdad in the current campaign. In other words, those missiles strayed off course and no one really knows where they landed and exploded. "700 missiles, each one loaded with DU, is 700,000 pounds of explosives," he said. 700,000 pounds of explosives going off, spreading cancer-causing uranium in all directions. Rokke then informed me that, since 1990, and up to the beginning of Gulf War 2, some 260,000 US soldiers have been granted disability. 10,000 have died. I'm relaying these facts to you in a sober way, but of course I was staggered as Rokke talked. He painted a picture of the Iraqi landscape as a toxic soup. DU, yes. But also many other toxins, because as he explained, when bombs and missiles rip up ANY material that is composite or synthetic, like plastics, you get all sorts of poisonous byproducts. And that, for example, is what happened at the WTC on 9/11. Rokke said, "I trained a lot of those first health responders. They're dead now." Rokke, over the years, together with colleagues, has issued report after report describing what, in essence, are the inevitable consequences of modern warfare as it is carried out. A lingering toxic landscape that kills over time. (All of the poisons discussed at this site kill slowly, so it looks like death by "Natural Causes.") When Rokke was in the Gulf a decade ago, one of his fears was confirmed: the masks worn to protect against DU don't work. They can't filter out the smallest and deadliest particles of uranium. "We could taste the stuff [uranium]," he said. Rokke states that the Pentagon is completely aware of the dangers to US solders and combatants, and just doesn't care. I asked him why DU is used in projectile shells and missiles. He told me it was because uranium is so dense the weight of impact on a target causes a lot more damage. And, he said, these shells are not merely coated or tipped with uranium, as some Pentagon people have stated. They are packed with it. Rokke likened the situation to having uranium rods in your backyard. He went on to explain that the PB pills US soldiers have been taking, as protection against nerve gas, are them- selves nerve agents. If taken immediately before a nerve-gas attack -- and then followed up with two other medicines -- the soldier might get protection from nerve gas. But the PB pills are being swallowed long in advance of any possible contact with nerve gas. In essence, soldiers are getting "nerve gas" attacks FROM THE POISON PILLS. Rokke mentioned a number of sites around the world -- Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, and places in the US -- where DU is a major problem right now. By this point in our conversation, Rokke was piecing together an emerging picture of modern war as both murder and suicide. He predicted the consequences of the Iraq war are going to be worse than Gulf War 1 - Worse, in terms of damage and death to US troops and the Iraqi people. I hung up the phone stunned. I can only ask that you get this information out to as many people as possible. To give the widest possible benefit of the doubt to mainstream news reporters, THEY JUST DON'T KNOW. They have no idea what they are supporting when they allow the picture of this war to be painted as a careful and controlled campaign. All those maps and arrows and targets -- they need to be enveloped in a cloud of MULTIPLE POISONS. Then we would have some concept of what is really going on -- and what is going to happen when it's over. Rokke mentioned that, between Gulf War 1 and the start of Gulf 2, the Iraqis tried to build new water treatment facilities in Basra. To clean up their horrible, illness-causing contaminated water. Each time they tried, he said, those emerging facilities were destroyed... What is happening in the Gulf is not merely the result of ignorance. It is not only depraved indifference. It is a plan to depopulate and destroy. US soldiers will be sacrificed, in huge numbers, to forward the larger goal: the depopulation and debilitation of Iraq. Yet, the news networks still display that graphic: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. And DOD spokesmen keep saying the protection of the Iraqi oil fields is being done to preserve "the future wealth of the Iraqi people." That sick joke takes on a new and very ominous meaning. If 260,000 US vets now on disability from Gulf 1 can be hidden from the stupefied American people, what else can be hidden, here and in Iraq, in the coming months and years? How many cases of cancer? How many birth defects? How many kidney and liver failures? How many immune-system destructions? How many American families who support their children now doing time in the Gulf will later watch those sons and daughters waste away, while the Pentagon claims it's all post- traumatic stress? How far do all the toxic clouds drift? How many cases of illness are being misdiagnosed as the result of germs? We are in a time of madness. I can't fault prayer or the distractions of television or even the desperate accoutrements of so-called patriotism. But somehow we have to live beyond clichés and summon up the outrage equal to the destruction - Equal to the moment. The wretched hairless generals are striding through the Pentagon thinking they are on a course of victory, thinking whatever they have to think to avoid the truth that is chasing them like a snake. Let the cardboard floors of lies give way and collapse. Let the voices of the intelligent pro-war advocates incorporate this news. Let them, finally, arrive at a further shore of conscience that compels them to take a stand. They are viewing old images, they are seeing a fantasy of war, they are imagining situations that no longer exist. War is now different. It is a sword you always fall on. WAKE UP. WAKE UP. Sites relating to the effects of taking nerve agent antidotes and being in contact with Depleted Uranium... http://www.mindfully.org/Health/Gulf-Children-Defects.htm http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9712/08/briefs/gulf.war.birth.defect/ http://www.chronicillnet.org/online/children.html http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/news/na_med_16jun.htm http://www.af.mil/news/Jun1997/n19970605_970669.html
I. Iraq - Polluting the land, the people, and our soldiers. Nearly six months ago, Cutting Edge broke the story of the steadily developing story of the poisoning of Iraq, of Iraqis, and of our soldiers through a combination of Depleted Uranium, toxic vaccinations, the toxic bites of local insects, and the intense heat of the Summer. If you have not read our original article -- NEWS1843, "American Soldiers Are Ill and Dying. Is It Depleted Uranium?" We encourage you to stop right now to read it.
The news the past two weeks have greatly strengthened the reporting of this terribly sad story. Listen:
* "American Casualties", Radio Liberty, interviewed by Dr. Stan Monteith. On 11/25/03, Dr. Stan Monteith interviewed Captain Joyce Riley, who is now working with the Gulf War Veterans Association. She verified that the "Gulf War Syndrome" of Gulf War I was a combination of Depleted Uranium poisoning and toxic vaccinations. Then, she stated that veterans of this war are already suffering and dying from exactly the same symptoms! Riley said that over 9,000 "non-military casualties" have occurred already. She also said that the Pentagon is attemptingto hide the truth by either threatening soldiers to not talk, or they will lose medical benefits and by calling the sicknesses by various names.
Dr. Riley basically verified the key points of our original article, above. One additional bit of information we had not heard before came from Dr. Monteith during this interview; he stated that depleted uranium still contains 20% of its original radioactivity! As we are currently proving on the ground in Iraq, this amount of radioactivity is deadly!
* NEWS BRIEF: "The perfect weapon: Our love affair with depleted uranium masks a war crime in progress", By ROBERT C. KOEHLER, Tribune Media Services, November 17,2003. Daily News Updates, 11/16 and 11/26.
"... depleted uranium — the perfect weapon. At 1.6 times the density of lead, DU shells are the last word in penetration power: locomotives compressed to the size of bullets. The shells ignite the instant they're fired and explode on impact. I mean it's absolute kill ... Inside the vehicle is a giant firestorm'."
There can be no doubt but that Depleted Uranium munitions offer the Pentagon superior firepower against an enemy. When generals are given the assignment to gain a victory over an opponent, they will absolutely love Depleted Uranium munitions for it truly annihilates the enemy. However, such munitions also kill the friendly soldiers wielding it! This is the disaster the Pentagon is striving so hard to hide from everyone. Let us now go back to this Tribune article to see why D.U. kills all who come into contact with it, whether the victim is an enemy soldier, an Iraqi civilian, or the soldier wielding the weapon.
"...'depleted uranium' isn't really depleted of anything. It's dirty: U-238, the low-level radioactive byproduct of the uranium enrichment process. And when the ammo explodes, poof, it vaporizes into particles so fine — a single micron in diameter, small enough to fit inside red blood cells... "
Obviously, such fine polluted powder will pass through any mask any soldier is wearing. As we stated in our original article, American and British soldiers are "the walking dead".
What kind of a problem are we facing because of Depleted Uranium munitions? Let us go back to this Tribune article.
"... we've sewn pulverized DU across Kosovo and Afghanistan, and now, once again, Iraq. This time, 2,000 tons of it. 'That's the solid estimate'. Two thousand tons. And you can't clean it up. This is a long-term public health disaster of fearful proportions for Iraqis. But even those of you who have a hard time caring about their fate surely see that it is also an imminent disaster for our own men and women in uniform. They are utterly unprotected from DU contamination."
Captain Riley also reported that many of our soldiers are returning with rectal cancer because they were tank men sitting above the D.U. weapons stored underneath the seats in the Abrams Tanks. She also reported that a growing number of soldiers are coming down with brain cancer. But, most surprisingly, she reported that as many as 40% of the wives of D.U. poisoned soldiers are also become poisoned, a parallel development to the experience of Gulf War I.
* NEWS BRIEF: "IRAQ: Worse Could Follow, Says New Study", Inter Press Service News Agency, 11/11/03. Daily News Updates 11/17.
"LONDON, Nov 11 (IPS) - The consequences of the war in Iraq on people's health may be felt for generations, says a report by the medical charity Medact ... 'The full impact of the war on health will not be known for years', the report adds ... The legacy of the war continues to kill, injure and damage people in all sorts of ways, the report points out. One direct consequence of the war is the masses of unexploded ordnance lying around. Cluster weapons, landmines and depleted uranium weapons 'remain a potential health hazard for local populations years after the conflict', the report says. 'Deaths and injuries from unexploded ordnance are likely to be under-reported'."
* NEWS BRIEF: "'Health will suffer for generations' ",James Meikle, health correspondent, The Guardian, London, Wednesday November 12, 2003
"Iraqis will suffer the health consequences of the second Gulf war 'for years, maybe generations', says a report warning of an 'information black hole' on what is truly happening in the country ... disruption to the country's health was still considerable, says the report's author ... pointing to dangers such as leftover explosives and ammunition - Unicef has said this has hurt more than 1,000 children - landmines, and risks of cancers from toxic dust from weapons with depleted uranium. 'The mental and physical health of already weakened and unhealthy people is being damaged further'."
In early May, I asked our medical source, a doctor serving in a foreign army, if our Depleted Uranium poisoning of Iraq was so serious that, over the course of a generation, the entire land may be rendered unlivable for civilians. This doctor replied that, yes, this scenario was not only possible, but probable.
Now the British are getting in on the act of Depleted Uranium poisoning. Listen:
NEWS BRIEF: "Soldiers to sue over new Gulf War syndrome", Mark Townsend, Guardian Unlimited, November 23, 2003
"Dozens of soldiers who served in Iraq are to sue the Government, claiming they are suffering from a new form of Gulf War syndrome. Multiple vaccinations given in the run-up to the conflict are being blamed for chronic pains, stomach problems, rashes, swelling, fever, depression and anxiety. Lawyers and medical experts say the symptoms are identical to those which affected thousands of veterans after the 1991 Gulf conflict."
Did you catch that critical understanding?
"... the symptoms are identical to those which affected thousands of veterans after the 1991 Gulf conflict."
Since we know that the Gulf War I Syndrome was caused by a combination of Depleted Uranium poisoning and toxic vaccinations, we can rest assured this is the reason these soldiers are now dying.
As one author whom we quote in our original article stated, "American and British soldiers now in Iraq are the walking dead"!
Since we are thoroughly poisoning the entire country of Iraq, you will appreciate the faulty logic of the next article.
NEWS BRIEF: "Left Behind Author Says Iraq Will Be Prominent In End-Times Events", by Allie Martin, Agape Press, 11/19/03.
"A best-selling Christian author says the present-day tension in the Middle East is falling in line with biblical prophecy. Dr. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the popular Left Behind series of Christian novels, says world events are pointing to the Middle East in general and Israel in particular as the center for prophesied world events. And he says Iraq will play a prominent role in upcoming events leading to Christ's return ... The author and theologian says the war to liberate Iraq will pave the way for that nation to eventually emerge as a world power ... As the region comes into its own, the people of Iraq will want to develop a distinct identity and in the last days old Babylon will become a sort of 'Switzerland' for the world, a neutral country."
Obviously, this prediction is most likely to never develop because we are seriously polluting the entire land -- including the location of Ancient Babylon -- with severe Depleted Uranium poisoning! With the entire land polluted with a radioactivity whose half-life is measured in thousands of years, how many people will be willing to build Iraq into a world power and how many people of the world will want to work and to vacation in Ancient Babylon when they know they will die by breathing polluted dust?
Remember, you cannot clean up this poisoning!
Greenpeace Says 'Frightening' Radioactivity In Iraqi Villages
VIII. Iraqi leaders this past week complained loudly against the manner in which the American military is slaughtering Iraqi civilians. This news story is surprising since these officials hold their office only because American force put them there!
NEWS BRIEF: "Despair in Iraq over the forgotten victims of US invasion", By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad, Independent.co.uk, 09 September 2004
"Iraqi officials demanded to know yesterday why so little international attention was being given to their numerous dead as the US mourned the death of 1,000 soldiers ... 'When I heard on television that the Americans had lost 1,000 military killed in Iraq, I asked myself, what about our side? What is the number of Iraqis who have died?' said Dr Amer al-Khuzaie, an Iraqi deputy health minister ... He admits it is impossible to know the true figure because many bodies are simply buried and the deaths never registered. 'Sometimes there are as many as 200 Iraqis killed in a single day', sighed Dr Khuzaie ... 'The Iraqi people are being eradicated. We must stop this hemorrhage, this bleeding'."
Did you catch the key sentence?
"The Iraqi people are being eradicated."
I carefully read this article to see if Dr Khuzaie mentioned Depleted Uranium poisoning, which is responsible for the entire population being poisoned and which will ultimately kill almost all Iraqi civilians. Let us now review two more articles on this same subject: the killing of Iraqi civilians.
NEWS BRIEF: "More Than 10,000 Iraqis Die Violently in Baghdad Region Alone", AP Breaking News, Sep 9, 2004
"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - While America mourns the deaths of more than 1,000 of its sons and daughters in the Iraq campaign, far more Iraqis have died since the United States invaded in March 2003. No official, reliable figures exist, but private estimates range from 10,000 to 30,000 killed across the nation ... The violent deaths recorded in the clinic's leather ledger come from only one of Iraq's 18 provinces and do not cover people who died in such flashpoint cities as Najaf, Karbala, Fallujah, Tikrit and Ramadi. Iraqi dead include not only insurgents, police and soldiers but also civilians caught in crossfire, blown apart by explosives or shot by mistake - both by fellow Iraqis or by American soldiers and their multinational allies ... In a country where the dead are often buried quickly without proper accounting by authorities, the real number of Iraqis whose lives were cut short in the Iraq conflict may never be known ... Hazem al-Radini at the Human Rights Organization in Iraq said his group estimates the toll at more than 30,000 civilian deaths."
When we deposed Saddam Hussein and tore his statute down, we proclaimed to the world our goal of stabilizing Iraq and instituting "democracy", but the reality is once again 180Â° in the opposite direction. Since Saddam has been overthrown, our military has routinely killed untold numbers of civilians, deliberately. In NEWS1919, we report the story of a Marine relieved of duty in Iraq because he complained of our natural killing of civilians and the overall pollution of the land, air, and water of the country with our Depleted Uranium. This American Marine then stated that the Iraqi people are beginning to understand that we have delivered a national death sentence upon the entire nation!
Speaking of D.U. poisoning, let us turn now to an open letter written by an American Iraqi citizen now living in Arizona, as she laments the loss of her personal friend in Iraq from cancer caused by depleted uranium poisoning. Listen carefully.
NEWS BRIEF: "Ode To Nuha - US Depleted Uranium Takes Another (Victim)", By Rana El-Khatib, Rense.com, 9-8-4
"My friend Nuha Al Radi died yesterday due to complications from leukemia. An Iraqi national educated in the U.K., she lived between Iraq and Lebanon. Nuha's end was set into motion the day President George H. Bush declared war on Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Thanks to him, a generation of Iraqi citizens lost their lives, starting with his bombs and ending with his sanctions. Along the way, Bill Clinton took the sanctions baton and flippantly added a bombing raid or two killing many more innocent Iraqis, before passing it on to George W. Bush, who is now finishing off his father's cruel legacy."
"The U.S., once again, has taken its big, abusive fist and planted it into the pit of my stomach and this time I am an American citizen ... Nuha was an accomplished artist and author. Her book, "Baghdad Diaries," now stares down at me from my bookshelf ... Nuha was killed by America's bombs dumped on Iraq during the first Gulf War. She was not directly injured upon their impact. Instead, she has become an untallied victim of their carcinogenic aftermath, joining thousands of others who have suffered silently under the thick coat of deceptions about 'smart bombs' and 'limiting collateral damage.' As though foreseeing her own fate, Nuha makes reference throughout her book to the rampant grave illnesses that afflicted Iraq's citizens following Desert Storm."
"Everyone seems to by dying of cancer. Every day one hears about another acquaintance or friend of a friend dying. How many more die in hospitals that one does not know? Apparently, over thirty percent of Iraqis have cancer, and there are lots of kids with leukemia ... The depleted uranium left by the U.S. bombing campaign has turned Iraq into a cancer-infested country. For hundreds of years to come, the effects of the uranium will continue to wreak havoc on Iraq and its surrounding areas."
In case you think that Nuha is exaggerating, please take a moment to view the video clip created by Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich during his primary campaign for President. Be sure to click to see the pictures of the babies we are killing in Iraq.
Truly, our Depleted Uranium poisoning is killing the entire land of Iraq and its people. Instead of our invasion making it possible for Antichrist to rebuild Ancient Babylon to use as his capital city, our D.U. poisoning is completely fulfilling Isaiah 13. Listen to excerpts of NEWS1787: