LOW INTENSITY NUCLEAR WAR, PART TWO

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Low Intensity Nuclear War, Part II

DOUBLE STANDARDS

If radioactivity were confined to so-called "very limited spots", why then
have KFOR troops been instructed by their governments "not to eat local
produce… have drinking water flown in …and that clothes must be destroyed on
departure and vehicles decontaminated."23 According to Paul Sullivan,
executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center, depleted uranium
in Yugoslavia could affect "agricultural areas, places where livestock graze
and where crops are grown, thereby introducing the specter of possible
contamination of the food chain." (In November 2000, Gulf War veterans
affected by DU launched a class action law-suit against the US government).

CONTAMINATION OVER A LARGE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

According to NATO sources (communicated to UNEP), some 112 sites in
Yugoslavia (of which 72 are in Kosovo) were targeted during the war with
depleted uranium antitank shells. Between 30,000 and 50,000 DU shells were
fired.

Scientific evidence amply confirms that the DU radioactive aerosol spreads
from "the point of release" over a large geographical area suggesting that
large parts of the province of Kosovo are contaminated. "[R]adioactive
derivatives can linger in the air for months… Just one particle in the lungs
is enough… a single particle could travel to the lymph nodes, where the
radioactivity would lower the body's defenses against lymphomas and
leukemia.'' 24

According to world renowned radiologist Dr. Rosalie Bertell:

"When used in war, the depleted uranium (DU) bursts into flame [and]
releasing a deadly radioactive aerosol of uranium, unlike anything seen
before. It can kill everyone in a tank. This ceramic aerosol is much lighter
than uranium dust. It can travel in air tens of kilometres from the point of
release, or be stirred up in dust and re-suspended in air with wind or human
movement. It is very small and can be breathed in by anyone: a baby, pregnant
woman, the elderly, the sick. This radioactive ceramic can stay deep in the
lungs for years, irradiating the tissue with powerful alpha particles within
about a 30 micron sphere, causing emphysema and/or fibrosis. The ceramic can
also be swallowed and do damage to the gastrointestinal tract. In time, it
penetrates the lung tissue and enters into the blood stream. ...It can also
initiate cancer or promote cancers which have been initiated by other
carcinogens". 25

Although concentrated on Kosovo's South-western border, the DU contamination
sites are scattered throughout the province. (See NATO map at
http://balkans.unep.ch/du/targetmap.html ) Most of Kosovo's villages and
cities including Pristina, Prizren and Pec lie within less than 20 km. of the
72 DU target sites confirming that the entire province is contaminated.

NATO WAR CRIMES

The bombing of Yugoslavia is best described as a "low intensity nuclear war"
using toxic radioactive shells and missiles. Amply documented, the
radioactive fall-out potentially puts millions of people at risk throughout
the Balkans.

In March 1999, NATO launched the air raids invoking broad humanitarian
principles and ideals. NATO had "come to the rescue" of ethnic Albanian
Kosovars on the grounds they were being massacred by Serb forces. Subsequent
forensic reports by the FBI and Europol confirm that the massacres did not
occur. In a cruel irony, Albanian Kosovar civilians are among the main
victims of DU radiation.

To maintain the cover-up, NATO is now prepared to reveal a small fraction of
the truth. The military Alliance -- in liaison with NATO member governments
-- wants at all cost to focus attention on the danger to "peacekeepers" and
keep local civilians out of the picture, because if the entire truth gets
out, people might start asking questions such as "how is it that the Kosovar
Albanians, the people we were supposed to rescue are now the victims?" In
both Bosnia and Kosovo, the UN has been careful not to record cancer cases
among civilians. The narrow focus on "peacekeepers" is part of the cover-up.
It distracts public opinion from the broader issue of civilian victims.

The primary victims of DU weapons are children, making their use a "war crime
against children."

"In 1996 this issue was brought before the Human Rights Tribunal in Geneva
and the Tribunal condemned it as warfare. They actually called Depleted
Uranium a weapon of mass destruction. I think it might be better called a
weapon of indiscriminate destruction but they didn't really have a term for
it. I say indiscriminate because it will by choice affect women and children.

Women have tissues that are more radioactively sensitive like the breast and
uterine tissue. Children are closer to the ground; they're growing; they'll
incorporate more uranium into their bones when they grow and they also have a
longer life span so that the cancers that have a longer latency can be
expressed. So it selects out women and children." (Dr. Rosalie Bertell,
Speech at University of Toronto Antiwar Conference, 8 May 1999
http://www.peace.ca/depleteduranium.htm .

The use of depleted uranium munitions is only one among several NATO crimes
against humanity committed in Iraq and the Balkans.

According to official records, some 1800 Balkans peacekeepers (Bosnia,
Croatia and Kosovo) suffer from health ailments related to DU radiation.26.
Assuming the same level of risk (as a percentage of population), the numbers
of civilians throughout former Yugoslavia affected by DU radiation would be
in the tens of thousands. British scientist Roger Coghill suggests, in this
regard, that "throughout the Balkan region, there will be an extra 10,150
deaths from cancer because of the use of DU. That will include local people,
K-FOR personnel, aid workers, everyone."27 Moreover, according to a report
published in Athens during the War, the impacts of depleted uranium are
likely to extend beyond the Balkans. Albania, and Macedonia but also Greece,
Italy, Austria and Hungary face a potential threat to human health as a
result of the use of radioactive depleted uranium shells during the 1999 War.

While no overall data on civilian deaths have been recorded, partial evidence
confirms that a large numbers of civilians have already died as result of DU
radiation since the war in Bosnia:

"DU radiation and an apparent use of defoliants by US/NATO troops against
Serbian land and population [in Bosnia], have caused many birth defects among
babies born after the US/NATO bombing and occupation; the magnitude of this
problem has stunned Serbian medical experts and panicked the population." 28

A recent account points to several hundred deaths of civilians solely in one
Bosnian village:

"The village is empty, the cemetery full. Soon there will be no more room

for the dead. Among refugee families who moved to Bratunac from Hadzici [in
the outskirts of Sarajevo] there is a hardly a household not cloaked in
mourning…On them are fresh wreaths, some with flowers that have not yet
wilted. On the crosses the years of death 1998, 1999, 2000 and the grave of a
20 year-old woman at the end of the rows. She died a few days ago…

No one could even imagine that in only one or two years the part of the

cemetery set aside for civilians would be doubly full… It happens often that
one of the natives of Hadzici will suddenly die. Or they will go to see the
doctor in Belgrade and when they come back their relatives will tell us that
they are dying of cancer… [C]hief doctor Slavica Jovanovic…conducted an
investigation and proved that in 1998 the mortality rate far exceeded the
birth rate. She showed that it wasn't just a question of fate but something
far more serious… 'Zoran Stankovic, the renowned pathologist from the
Military Medical Academy (VMA) determined that over 200 of his patients from
this area died of cancer, most probably due to the effects of depleted
uranium in dropped NATO bombs five years ago. But someone quickly silenced
the public and everything was hushed up. 'You see, our cemetery is full of
fresh graves while the people from Vinca [Nuclear Institute] claim that
uranium isn't dangerous. What other kind of evidence do you need if people
are dying?…' The refugees from Hadzici arrived in Bratunac in a sizeable
number. There were almost 5,000 of them. There were 1,000 just in the
collective centers. Now, says Zelenovic, 'there are about 600 of them left.
And they certainly had nowhere else to go' … Someone dies of cancer every
third day; there is no more room in the cemeteries" 29

* * *

To see the NATO "Map Of Sites As Being Targeted By Ordnance Containing
Depleted Uranium during the 1999 Kosovo Conflict" go to
http://balkans.unep.ch/du/targetmap.html

Following is a link to photographs of Iraqi children affected by DU
radiation. * Please be forewarned that these photographs are horrifying
beyond belief. That is why we have not actually posted them on Emperor's
Clothes. *
http://www.web-light.nl/VISIE/extremedeformities.html .

If you are unable to access the above Website, go first to
http://www.web-light.nl/ and follow the link to "Depleted Uranium" and then
to "Extreme Deformities in Iraqi Children". Some of the photographs are by
renowned scientist and expert on DU radiation Dr. Siegfried Horst Guenther.

* * *

ENDNOTES

1 The Independent, London, 4 January 2001.

2 See Felicity Arbuthnot, "It Turns out that Depleted Uranium is Bad for
NATO" Troops, Emperors Clothes,
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/arbuth/port.htm.

11 October 2000. See also interview with F. Arbuthnot.

3 In all, some 17 countries including Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia and South
Korea are known to have DU weapons in their arsenal. See Vladimir Zajic,
Review of Radioactivity, Military Use, and Health Effects of Depleted
Uranium, 1999 at http://vzajic.tripod.com/. See John Catalinotto and Sara
Flounders, Is the Israeli Military using Depleted Uranium Weapons against the
Palestinians? International Action Center, http://www.iacenter.org/, New
York, 2000

4 Agence France Presse, 4 January 20001.

5 United Press International, 5 January 2001.

6 See Felicity Arbuthnot, op cit.

7 Piot Bein, "More on Depleted Uranium", Emperors Clothes at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/arbuth/port.htm .11 October 2000.

8 According to Dr. Siegfried Horst Guenther, "Uran Geschosse:
Schwergeschädigte Soldaten, missgebildete Neugeborene, sterbende Kinder,
Ahriman Verlag, http://www.ahriman.com/guenther.htm , Freiburg, 2000. See
also International Action Center, "Metal of Dishonor, How the Pentagon
Radiates Soldiers and Civilians with DU Weapons", Second Edition,
International Action Center, http://www.iacenter.org/, New York, 2000.

9 Beta News Agency, Belgrade, 13.50 GMT, 10 Jan 2001, in BBC Summary of World
Broadcasts, 12 January 2001.

10 Ibid.

11 See Rick McDowell, "Economic Sanctions on Iraq", Z Magazine, November
1997.

12. Carlo Pona, "The Criminal Use of Depleted Uranium", International
Tribunal for U.S./NATO War Crimes in Yugoslavia, International Action Center,
http://www.iacenter.org/, New York, June 10, 2000. See also "Metal of
Dishonor", op. cit.

13 See UNEP/UNCHS Balkans Task Force Final Report "The Kosovo Conflict
-Consequences for the Environment & Human Settlements" at
http://balkans.unep.ch/fry/fry.html ; see the "desk study" on "The Potential
Effects on Human Health and the Environment of the Possible Use of Depleted
Uranium (DU)" at http://balkans.unep.ch/du/du.html ; see also "UN considers
New Data on Depleted Uranium in Kosovo", UNEP, Geneva, 20 September 2000.

14 See Michel Chossudovsky, NATO Willfully Triggered an Environmental
Disaster, at www.emperors-clothes.com.

15 See the 1999 UNEP "desk study", op. cit.

16 According to a toxicologist at the International Agency for Research on
Cancer which is a division of the WHO, Associated Press, January 5 2001.

17 According to WHO specialist, quoted in the Boston Globe, January 10, 2001.

18 Boston Globe, June 27 2000, statement of Mark Parkin, an expert with the
International Agency for Research on Cancer.

19 See UNEP Press Release at http://balkans.unep.ch/du/missions.html .

20 See AC Laboratorium Spiez (ACLS) Website at
http://www.vbs.admin.ch/internet/gr/acls/e/index.htm ).

21 Ibid

22 See UNEP Press Release at http://balkans.unep.ch/du/missions.html see also
UNEP, "Advisory Note on Current work on DU by UNEP" at.
http://balkans.unep.ch/press/press010111.html .

23. Arbuthnot, op cit.

24 According to British radiologist Roger William Coghill, quoted in
Associated Press, 5 January 2000.

25 Rosalie Bertell, Email Communication, May 1999.

26 RTBF, Belgian French Language Television, 9 January 2001

27 Calgary Herald, 4 January 2001.

28 Tika Jankovich, "Chemical/Nuclear Warfare in Bosnia: Eyewitness To Hell"

Comments by Jared Israel, Emperors Clothes at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/tika/hell.html ., 9 January 2001.

29 Dubravka Vujanovic "Someone Dies of Cancer every Third Day; There is no
More Room in the Cemeteries" , Nedelni Telegraf, Belgrade, 10 January 2001.
On the same subject see Robert Fisk, "I see 300 Graves that could bear the
Headstone: 'Died of Depleted Uranium', The Independent, London, 13 January
2001

C Copyright by Michel Chossudovsky, Ottawa, January 2001. All rights
reserved. Permission is granted to post this text on non-commercial community
internet sites, provided the essay remains intact and the copyright note is
displayed. To publish this text on commercial internet sites, in printed
and/or other forms (including excerpts) contact the author at
chossudovsky at videotron.ca, fax: 1-514-4256224, voice box: 1-613-5625800, ext.
1415.

Further reading on NATO's use of weapons of terror:

In 'NATO Willfully Triggered Environmental Catastrophe In Pancevo,
Yugoslavia' at http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/chuss/willful.htm Prof.
Michel Chossudovsky proves that NATO deliberately caused a catastrophic
environmental disaster when it bombed chemical and petroleum facilities in
Pancevo, Yugoslavia, during the 1999 air war.
For other articles by Prof. Chossudovsky, please go the
http://emperors-clothes.com/artbyauth.html#C

The distinguished journalist Felicity Arbuthnot has written tirelessly about
the effects of Depleted Uranium on human beings in Iraq and Yugoslavia. The
following articles are posted on Emperor's Clothes:
* ''It Turns Out Depleted Uranium Is Bad For NATO Troops In Kosovo [What
About Everyone Else?]'' at
http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/arbuth/port.htm

* ''Allies 'told in 1991 of uranium cancer risks''' at
http://emperors-clothes.com/news/told.htm

* 'Allies Deliberately Poisoned Iraq Public Water Supply in Gulf War' at
http://emperors-clothes.com/news/allies.htm

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