The Invisible War

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This film by Martin Meissonnier documents the use of nuclear waste in U.S. weaponry and uses studies conducted by many experts to prove the point. During the Persian Gulf war, in Kuwait and Iraq, the U.S. used 320 tons of Depleted Uranium. Also, shells used in the 1999 Kosovo conflict were tainted with trace amounts of plutonium, neptunium and americium-byproducts of nuclear reactors that are much more radioactive than depleted uranium. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which controls DU considers its use to be "utilization of waste materials." After the Gulf War, Americans celebrated their victory over Iraq believing less than 200 U.S. soldiers had been killed in combat with almost a quarter of them, caused by "friendly fire." In fact the casualty is significantly higher.

Of the 696,778 U.S. veterans that served in the Gulf War, over 251,000 (36%) have filed medical claims for illness related to the war. Over 8,000 of them have died. The isotope U236 has been found in the organs and fluids of these former soldiers.

Damacio Lopez, director of the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST), calls the figure the "largest friendly fire death toll in history." He, like the doctors and scientists and sick U.S. vets and Iraqis you will meet in the enclosed video, believe the cause of their sickness and deaths to be the use of plutonium enriched DU weaponry by the U.S. during the Gulf War.

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Depleted uranium is used because of its effectiveness to bore through enemy armor and its inexpensiveness.

I met a Canadian reporter who covered both U.S. wars in Iraq and whose child was born with deformities. He swore it was due to the depleted uranium that he was unwittingly, exposed to during the Gulf War. This movie makes us wonder how much our government really cares about its soldiers or the civilians left in war torn areas. I saw an article written by a mainstream newspaper discussing the ?gulf war syndrome? not too long ago and listing several possible causes without pointing to any as conclusive. What shocked me was that depleted uranium wasn?t even mentioned discussed.

During this past Iraq war, it seems that the U.S. military has done a better job instructing their soldiers to stay away from wreckage without admitting that the depleted uranium is dangerous. If the reported deformities from the first gulf war were in fact due to depleted uranium then we can be assured that Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers will suffer from this last war. It might surprise some watching this movie to wonder why the U.S. would use such a controversial weapon once again, but without a media wiling to raise the difficult questions who are we expecting to take a stand against DU, the pentagon or the corporations making money selling these weapons? Watch this film if you care about the health of those brave enough to join the military.

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