a writer I do not have a set of words to describe
what 142 Degrees in the shade is like. I've seen
120 D. in Phoenix and 110 D in the spa's sauna
I use. One hundred forty-two degrees leaves me
speechless. Try to imagine 142 D temperature while
wearing a helmet, long sleeve shirt, long pants,
a bullet proof vest, boots, and carrying a 70
contrast the Inuit of Alaska and Canada have thirty-seven
words to precisely talk about different kinds
since the temperature is heating up in Iraq it
seemed like a good time to float this story to
different Internet sites and news publications.
There was one story in 2003 of one 19 year old
British soldier whose military job was to work
in a British tank. In Iraq. In the summer. Word
is, from London, that he forgot to drink enough
water and he literally cooked in his tank.
this story is not about the temperature in Iraq.
You can bet, though, the weather will be really
important for those Americans unfortunate enough
to still be in Iraq this summer.
story is about American weapons built with Uranium
components for the business end of things. Just
about all American bullets, 120 mm tank shells,
missiles, dumb bombs, smart bombs, 500 and 2,000
pound bombs, cruise missiles, and anything else
engineered to help our side in the war of us against
them has Uranium in it. Lots of Uranium.
the case of a cruise missile, as much as 800 pounds
of the stuff. This article is about how much radioactive
uranium our guys, representing us, the citizens
of the United States, let fly in Iraq. Turns out
they used about 4,000,000 pounds of the stuff,
give or take. That is a bunch.
most people have no idea how much Four Million
Pounds of anything is, much less of Uranium Dust
(UD), which this stuff turns into when it is shot
or exploded. Suffice it to say it is about equal
to 1,333 cars that weigh three thousand pounds
per car. That is a lot of cars; but, we can imagine
what a parking lot with one thousand three hundred
and thirty three cars is like. The point is: this
was and is an industrial strength operation. It
is still going on, too.
sir-ee, putting Four Million Pounds of Radioactive
Uranium Dust (RUD) on the ground in Iraq was a
definitely "on-purpose" kind of thing. It was
not "just an accident." We, the citizens of the
United States, through our kids in the Army, did
this on purpose.
the uranium bullets, missiles, or bombs hit something
or explode most of the radioactive uranium turns
instantly to very, very small dust particles,
too fine to even see. When US Troopers or Iraqis
breathe even a tiny amount into their lungs, as
little as One Gram, it is the same as getting
an X-Ray every hour for the rest of their shortened
uranium cannot be removed, there is no treatment,
there is no cure. The uranium will long outlast
the Veterans' and the Iraqis' bodies though; for,
you see, it lasts virtually forever.
it gets worse. Seems an Admiral who is the former
Chief of the Naval Staff of India wanted to know
how much radiation this represented. He also wanted
to express the amount in a figure that the world,
especially the non American world, could easily
Admiral decided to figure out how many Nagasaki
Atom Bombs it would take to deliver the equivalent
of the total amount of radiation deployed in Iraq
in 2003 in Four Million Pounds of uranium.
Admiral also wanted to figure out how much radiation
the United States Military Forces have deployed
in the last Five American Wars, the so-called
Five Nuclear Wars.
is a simple enough task for somebody like the
Naval Chief of Staff for a country that is a member
of the Nuclear Club. Using the Nagasaki bomb for
the measuring stick is a particularly gruesome
twist, though. For those of you in the States
who do not know it, the United States Military
Forces dropped two nuclear Bombs on Japan at the
close of World War II. The whole world remembers
Atom Bomb was dropped by Americans on the city
of Hiroshima, the other on the city of Nagasaki
three days later. About 170,000 people were incinerated
immediately. It was a really big deal.
is a measuring stick that plays very well in the
rest of the world; but, not very well on Fox News
(Fair & Balanced) (c) or the rest of the Fox-like
American media. The Department of Energy still
lists the Hiroshima and Nagasaki detonations as
"tests." The admiral released the data months
ago at a scientific conference in India. This
article is the first report of the data in the
United States. It will first be released on the
admiral in India calculated the number of radioactive
atoms in the Nagasaki bomb and compared it with
the number in the 4,000,000 pounds of uranium
left in Iraq from the 2003 war. Now, believe me,
it is a lot more complex than that; but, that
is essentially what the experts in India did.
many Nagasaki Nuclear Bombs equal the Radiation
loosed in the 2003 Iraq war? Answer: About 250,000
many Nagasaki Nuclear Bombs equal the Radiation
loosed in the last Five American Nuclear Wars?
Answer: About 400,000 Nuclear Bombs.
would do something like this?
would. The only people in the history of the world
to engage in Nuclear Wars are Americans, citizens
of the United States. Allegedly, the Germans and
Japanese of WWII also wanted to engage in nuclear
wars, except the American Military beat them to
the draw, so to speak.
academic scholars could debate forever whether
or not Herr Hitler, Fuhrer of Germany, would have
deployed uranium munitions in the Sudetenland
if the weapons had been available. Certainly the
Germans knew just as much about uranium wars as
we did at the time. It seems doubtful that Adolph
Hitler would have ordered the use of uranium munitions
there because the Sudetenland was so close to
the Fatherland, Nazi Germany.
American General named Leslie Groves was in charge
of the bomb making operation called The Manhattan
Project. In 1943 The War Department knew exactly
what uranium bullets and bombs were good for.
the nuclear weapons did not detonate in Japan,
the use of uranium bullets and bombs were the
fall back position. It was not till Ronald Reagan
was President in 1980 did the re-named Defense
Department resurrect the deadly radioactive uranium
bullets, bombs, and missiles. No wonder his popular
nick-name was Ronnie Ray-Guns.
American Military knew the symptoms of radiation
poisoning in 1943 too; starting with the irritated
sore throat through to an agonizing death from
being cooked from the inside out.
Bush promised to invade twelve countries in the
2003 State of the Union speech. I believe the
man. For some reason, some misguided Americans
do not believe him, or think he was "exaggerating."
The rest of the world has every reason to believe
to worry, the President has plenty of raw material
for radioactive uranium munitions left. There
are more than 77,000 Tons stored at the 103 nuclear
waste plants and the several Nuclear Weapons Labs
in the US. Each one makes another 250 pounds of
radioactive material a day for radioactive bullets,
bombs, and missiles. Not to put too fine a point
on it; but, that is enough for 40.5 more gloriously
successful campaigns like the 2003 Nuclear War
year about this time the Southern winds leave
a fine desert sand on the windshields of cars
parked outside in Continental Europe and Britain.
Soon this sand dust will carry a surprise. Thanks
to the Americans. Thanks to us. We did this to
the world. And, we wonder why they hate and despise
uranium weapons' indiscriminate killing effect
gives a whole new meaning to the age old term:
cannon fodder. In Iraq, what goes around, comes
around. If not the uranium munitions themselves,
the uranium dust will be in the bodies of our
returning armed forces, time bombs slowly ticking
away the lives of the gullible and the ignorant
with their very own internal radiation source,
the cannon fodder of the 21st Century American
Put your ending to this article next.
lot of people have done everything we can think
of to stop these nuclear wars. Even more specifically
to stop the use of uranium as a munition and shut
down the nuclear power plants. We have tried and
failed for years. Why don't you give it a try?
Can't hurt anything! Write what steps you would
take to turn this situation around. Contact me
Nichols writes in Oklahoma City and is the Editorial
writer for DemoOkie.com. Bob Nichols is a contributing
writer for LiberalSlant, Democratic Underground,
OnlineJournal, AmericaHeldHostage, and other online
dot com publications. Mr. Nichols is a frequent
contributor to The Oklahoma Observer and other
print publications. He lives and works in Oklahoma.
He is a member of CASE -- Citizens' Action for
Safe Energy, and President of the Carrie Dickerson
Foundation. CASE has successfully killed two serious,
well funded attempts to build Nuclear Power Plants
in Oklahoma and several attempts to site what
is now known as the "Yucca Mountain Reactor Dump"
in Oklahoma. All these efforts to build nuclear
facilities have failed. CASE won every time. Copyright
2004, Bob Nichols. All rights reserved. Permission
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Posted: March 31, 2004