Monday, November 17, 2008

Gulf War Syndrome Is Real

For many years, U.S. military men and women who fought in the First U.S. War against Iraq, have complained about serious health problems suffered by them and their spouses, and increased birth defects among their children. And our government has consistently denied that these veterans had anything wrong with them, or claimed it was all in their head -- just a psychological reaction. Yet for years, a large number of the young people who went to Iraq ended up completely disabled, sick, unable to work, even though they were very young people.

Unfortunately these veterans were used by the government then thrown away, ridiculed, discarded when they returned home. The failure to include in the actual price of war all the residue creates a myth that the cost of war can be quantified. But what about those who are not killed or injured in an observable way during combat, but come home and find their entire lives ruined?

And there's been absolutely no government response to the international studies showing that the depleted uranium that the U.S. has left littered all over Iraq since that first Gulf War has radically increased the birth defects, leukemia, and cancer for the children and people in Iraq. (600% increase in leukemia). This article describes the depleted uranium the U.S. left in Iraq as "Cancer As A Weapon."

The failure and refusal of the U.S. government to remove this deadly substance that it put onto the land of Iraq is an ongoing international warcrime even without the war.

Despite the refusal of the U.S. government to acknowledge that veterans had been significantly damaged by "something" in Iraq, veterans groups around the country organized and have continued fighting for the government to admit the truth.

Well, they finally did. Now that the Bush regime has looted the country, they finally acknowledge that yes, these men and women have been seriously injured. Of course now there's no money to compensate them, but at least the Wall Street Boys got their billions safely tucked away.

Among the long list of ailments, are depression, memory loss, thinking problems which make it harder to work. This Scientific American article discusses a study showing that the symptomatic gulf water veterans show actual physical brain deterioration on MRI tests.

In case anyone wondered whether you can trust the government, a report commissioned by the federal government less than two years ago announced, in September of 2006, that there is no such thing as gulf war syndrome.

Finally, a congressionally-appointed investigation announced today its findings that gulf war syndrome is real, it does exist. Hopefully this will lead the way to real help for the almost 200,000 veterans who are afflicted. Cause is still unknown but many believe it is exposure to chemicals in Iraq or possibly to depleted uranium.

UPDATE 11/18/08: Truthout article re same with excellent discussion:


  1. Ever think that all you know about Depleted Uranium is propaganda that began with Saddam Hussein about 1992 and is still going strong despite strong scientific evidence to the contrary and not a single shred of verifiable evidence to support it. Suggest you start your education at

  2. You can learn a lot more at

    Here are just some of the public links that you will find there

    The Risks of Depleted Uranium Contamination Post-Conflict: UNEP Assessments by Mario Burger
    Director of Swiss Testing Lab Summarizes UNEP and IAEA Post Conflict DU Field and Laboratory Testing

    Depleted Uranium in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Postconflict Assessment
    300 pg detailed UN Environmental Programme Report

    Radiological Conditions in Areas of Kuwait With Residues of Depleted Uranium
    Includes Appendix III - Experiments to Examine Resuspension

    Tab - F - Use of DU in the Gulf War
    The effectiveness of DU as an anti-tank munition and as armor is vividly demonstrated at the top of this page

    Uranium Emitted from Coal Fired Power Plants
    Even U-235 is emitted from coal fired plants

    Nuclear Chemistry Uranium Production Dr Frank Settle
    Describes Uranium Ore through Uranium Metal

    Nuclear Chemistry - Uranium Enrichment - Dr Frank Settle
    Describes the Uranium Enrichment Process

    Independent Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission
    The Commission, Chaired by Hans Blix, UN Weapons Inspector - Depleted Uranium is not a WMD

    Los Alamos - Researchers find time in dusty polar ice
    Note that this uses measurements of "femtograms" - one quadrillionth of a gram -- same (except misspelled) measurement as that for Specialist Gerard Matthew of NY National Guard