KOSOVO AND DEPLETED
May 10, 1999
[Much of the material for this report was
gleaned from information provided by the International Action Center
in New York. A special thanks to Tom Lamb of "Radical Pilgrim Ministries"
who put us onto this story.]
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse:
and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him ..."
"I came to understand that all the values that made me admire
the American people were being eroded by the covert operations of the
CIA ... Democracy and the rule of law cannot survive side by side with
a state agency that engages in covert operations ranging from assassinations
to levying mercenary armies to directing lethal biological weapons
experiments and public health policies ..."
- Sean MacBride
Foreign Minister of Ireland
Nobel Peace Prize recipient
"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen
to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts ... For
my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know
the whole truth ..."
- Patrick Henry
Christians have always believed that pestilence and disease would
characterize "The End of Days." That's what the Bible says! Most
Christians, however, have probably never considered the possibility
that many of these diseases might be man-made ones. This appears to
be what has happened insofar as Gulf War Syndrome, AIDS, Ebola and countless
other "new" diseases are concerned.
Take, for example, "Gulf War Syndrome." The government denies that
it exists - and if it does exist, it resulted from the use by the Iraqi
military of chemical and biological agents during the Gulf War. But
a growing number of scientists throughout the world now believe that
not only does "Gulf War Syndrome" exist, but that it hasn't resulted
from the use by the Iraqis of chemical and biological weapons, but from
the use by the American military of depleted uranium (DU)
weapons. It's not the Iraqis who are responsible for "Gulf War Syndrome,"
but the Americans. The Pentagon has issued a fumbling series of denials,
cover-ups and finally partial admissions that Gulf War Syndrome exists.
Yet it has omitted any mention of radioactive weapons. This omission
is no accident. [Evidence has also surfaced that some cases
of Gulf War Syndrome can be traced to anthrax vaccines "boosted" by
the unlicensed adjuvant, squaline. This is the thesis advanced by Dr.
Pamela Asa. Please see the May, 1999 issue of Vanity Fair, "The
Pentagon's Toxic Secret" by Gary Matsumoto, pg. 82.]
the truth has surfaced - again, no thanks to the American elite media.
(Please see our report on the Mass Media.) What put scientific researchers
on to this was the mysterious presence of higher than normal readings
for U-235 in Kuwait and Iraq after the end of the Gulf War. The question
naturally presented itself, what could account for these readings? No
atomic warheads had been used during the war. Then in 1993, Eric Hoskins
produced a report for a Harvard research group which found
that 40 tons of DU had been dispersed in Iraq and Kuwait
by American forces using depleted uranium weapons during the war - and
it was this that accounted for the above normal reading for the presence
of U-235 in Kuwait and Iraq. [Since then scientists have revised their
estimates to over three hundred tons.]
DU WEAPONS IN YUGOSLAVIA AND KOSOVO
Now these higher than average readings for the presence of U-235 are
showing up in Serbia and Kosovo. It seems that wherever the U.S.
military goes, these higher than normal measurements for fissionable
material go with it. For example, on April 10th, Greek experts registered
an increase in levels of toxic substances in the atmosphere of Greece
which included toxins from Allied use of radioactive depleted uranium
shells. Antipas Ministries' reporter in Moscow, Boris Denisov, reports
that in an interview for the Russian publication Novosti, Dimitri Yablokov
, a well-known Russian ecologist and president of the Center for Ecological
Policy said that American warplanes using armor-piercing shells with
cores made from depleted uranium are responsible. Prof. Christos Zerefos,
a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and director
of the World Center for Ozone Cartography, said that increased
readings for these airborne toxins began showing up only one day after
the start of NATO's attack on Yugoslavia. They have since spread into
Albania, Macedonia, Italy, Austria and Hungary - and it should be noted
in connection with the spread of depleted uranium over this area, that
DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.
Yablokov's findings insofar as the American military's use of DU weapons
in Yugoslavia parallel the findings of former U.S. Attorney General
Ramsey Clark in his book, The Fire This Time
(which describes in detail the American military's use of these weapons
during the Gulf War). Clark's report on the use of DU in the Gulf War
was echoed by a similar report which appeared in the London Independent
in April of 1991 [which was leaked to the paper by the United Kingdom
Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)]. The report described the potential
problems associated with the presence of radioactive dust from DU weapons
spreading over the battlefields and getting into the food chain and
water supplies. Like Hoskins' Harvard report, the UKAEA report spoke
of a residue of 40 tons of fissionable material which had been left
behind on the battlefields of Southern Iraq.
THE INTRODUCTION OF THE A-10 "WARTHOG"
back in New York, the "International Action Center," a group that opposes
the use of depleted-uranium weapons, called the Pentagon's decision
to use A-10 "Warthog" jets against targets in Serbia -
"... a danger to the people and environment of the entire Balkans."
The A-10s were the anti-tank weapon of choice in the 1991 war against
Iraq. It carries a GAU-8/A Avenger 30 millimeter seven-barrel cannon
capable of firing 4,200 rounds per minute. During the Gulf War it fired
30 mm rounds reinforced with depleted uranium.
Sara Flounders, a contributing author of the 1997 book Metal
of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium and the Co-Director of the "International
Action Center," writes that -
"Warthogs fired roughly 940,000 rounds of DU shells during the Gulf
War. More than 600,000 pounds of radioactive waste was left in the
Gulf Region after the war. And DU weapons in smaller number were already
used by NATO troops during the bombing of Serbian areas of Bosnia
John Catalinotto, a spokesperson for the "Depleted Uranium Education
Project" of the "International Action Center," and an editor of Metal
of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium, said the use of DU weapons in
"... adds a new dimension to the war NATO is fighting in Yugoslavia
Kathleen Sullivan, in a front page article for the San Francisco
Examiner entitled "Uranium bullets on NATO holsters," echoes
Catalinotto's concerns. She writes:
"... the use of depleted uranium in combat is a troubling prospect
to some veteran groups, which worry that the Pentagon will fail -
once again - to issue warnings about the danger posed by its hazardous
dust and debris."
DEPLETED URANIUM - WHAT IS IT?
Depleted uranium is a by-product from the production of enriched fuel
for nuclear reactors and atomic warheads. It's used to manufacture shells
and bullets that have an extraordinary ability to penetrate armored
plate for tanks and other vehicles. Depleted uranium is composed mainly
of the uranium isotope U-238; it's called "depleted" because it has
a lower than normal content of the isotope U-235, which is the fissionable
material. Depleted uranium has one very "excellent" property insofar
as weapons of war are concerned: it is extremely dense - and so much
so that when compared with iron, steel and alloys common to the making
of armor, its analogous to comparing steel with butter - which gives
DU its penetrating power.
Unfortunately - as one would expect - it also possesses another property
which is not so desirable: depleted uranium spontaneously burns on impact,
creating tiny aerosolized particles less than five microns in diameter,
small enough to be inhaled. At least seventy percent of the uranium
in these weapons is released in this form on impact, and these tiny
particles travel as a ceramic aerosol long distances when airborne;
they penetrate the human body and accumulate in the liver and kidneys,
eventually generating cancer.
And does the government show any concern with regard to this? Evidently
not! The "killing power" of depleted uranium weapons is too great for
the government to allow "peaceniks" to "outlaw" its use in battle. Piers
Wood, a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information and a retired
Army lieutenant colonel, dismisses concerns about the health and environmental
effects of depleted uranium. Echoing the thinking of the U.S. military,
he says that -
"... everything in life is a trade-off."
And that pretty much sums up the concern of the elites insofar as the
sons and daughters of the working class who have to fight the elite's
wars. Piers goes on to say -
"Depleted uranium is wonderful stuff. It turns tanks into Swiss cheese."
Rosalie Bertell bristles at this kind of reasoning. She says that
such thinking is extremely short-sighted. Depleted uranium is highly
toxic to humans. Bertell, president of the "International Institute
of Concern for Public Health," called the use of DU weapons in Yugoslavia
a "war crime" which should be denounced.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF DEPLETED URANIUM WEAPONS
Those who come in contact with depleted uranium experience headaches,
and amnesia in addition to disturbances in liver and kidney function
(which is exactly what Gulf War soldiers who experience "Gulf War Syndrome"
complain of - and not only American soldiers, but Iraqi soldiers who
have come in contact with the American depleted uranium weapons). In
addition, increasing numbers of Iraqi children in Southern Iraq (a major
battlefield) are now experiencing such symptoms, and many have fallen
ill with leukemia. Finally, it should be noted that depleted uranium
causes gene mutations which show up in the offspring of those who come
in contact with it. Once in the body, it is impossible to get rid
Paul Sullivan, executive director of the "National Gulf War Resource
"In Yugoslavia, it's expected that depleted uranium will be fired
in agricultural areas, places where livestock graze and where crops
are grown, thereby introducing the specter of possible contamination
of the food chain."
"I first became aware of the dangerous radioactive impact of depleted-uranium
weapons in 1991 when I was researching for Ramsey Clark's book on
the Gulf War, The Fire This Time.
"Gulf War veterans and their families are desperate to understand
what has happened to their health since they returned from the Gulf.
This book (i.e., Metal of Dishonor: Depleted Uranium
) attempts to explain the uses of depleted uranium in weapons and
to present what is already known about exposure to low-level radiation
and its threat to the environment and to all of humanity.
"Most important, this collection of articles is a resource for those
ready to challenge the long history of government cover-ups and denials
regarding military toxins and poisons.
"... Knowing the dangers, the military-industrial complex has moved
straight ahead designing, testing and manufacturing a new generation
of weapons using radioactive waste material. These articles expose
the dangers of low-level radiation, they demonstrate that ... 'depleted'
uranium weapons are radioactive and highly toxic. They trace a
history of government lies and cover-ups regarding the dangers of
radioactivity, with policies that have denied compensation to veterans
... hurt most by these dangers. They show the Pentagon's motives
for using DU weapons, the military industry's drive to manufacture
them, and the passion of both to cover up the truth.
"The chapters by Helen Caldicott, Michio Kaku, Leonard A. Dietz,
Rosalie Bertell and Jay M. Gould scientifically delineate the perils
of low-level radiation and meticulously document the extensive knowledge
the military possessed about DU's long-term consequences long before
the Gulf War. Dietz explains with mathematical detail how uranium
metal burns rapidly on impact and forms tiny airborne particles that
can travel tens of miles to be inhaled or ingested into the body where
they lodge in vital organs.
HUMAN GUINEA PIGS
The report from the International Action Center continues:
'Our troops were used as human guinea pigs for the Pentagon.
Thousands must have walked through almost invisible clouds of uranium
dioxide mist, not realizing that micro-sized particles were entering
into their lungs'.
"Gould links increases in cancers and auto-immune diseases to the
impact of low-level radiation on the population surrounding nuclear
weapons complexes, test sites and nuclear reactors. Bertell lists
the major scientific studies that have defined the danger for many
years. A look at the experiences of earlier victims of U.S. war preparations
helps expose how cover-ups, stonewalling, and fraudulent promises
of compensation for unfortunate mistakes are standard operating procedures.
"Pat Broudy's husband was one of the approximately eight hundred
thousand GIs purposely exposed to nuclear radiation during atomic
tests in the Southwest or in the Pacific. Her article exposes the
Defense Department's criminal cover-up ... Despite Congressional hearings,
media coverage and special legislation, only 455 Atomic Veterans ...
received compensation. And only seventeen families have been compensated
of the twenty-three thousand Americans, mainly prisoners, poor people
or disabled people, who were directly injected without their knowledge
or consent with highly radioactive materials since 1945.
"Glenn Alcalay describes this catastrophe in his article. Every
piece of information in this whole criminal history had to be leaked
or pried out by independent efforts. The government has never willingly
provided any relevant information. It is hidden under "top secret"
classifications. How can we expect anything different from government
studies of Gulf War Syndrome or DU? Dolores Lymburner exposes a
leaked Army Environmental Policy Institute report that acknowledges
'... if DU enters the body it has the potential to generate
significant medical consequences. The risks associated with DU in
the body are both chemical and radiological'.
"With thorough documentation, Dan Fahey explains how the density,
speed and impact of DU weapons greatly increased the kill range of
U.S. tanks. He also shows just how well the military planners understood
DU's dangers. Former Army Nurse Carol Picou, who volunteered for front-line
duty, describes her horror at passing the thousands of burning Iraqi
vehicles many destroyed by DU projectiles on the "highway of death."
Then she describes the devastating deterioration and ruin of her own
health and of the others in her unit from contact with the toxins
in the region, as well as the government's stonewalling and denial
THE "BIG LIE"
"In the Gulf War, Iraqi casualties were enormous. Over one hundred
thousand troops were killed and eighty-five thousand captured. In
January 1992 a Greenpeace investigation estimated that ninety thousand
of the three hundred thousand injured Iraqi troops had died. In
contrast, the U.S. military suffered 147 combat deaths, more than
half due to friendly fire. The low casualties were the selling point
of these new, high-tech weapons. U.S. troops had become seemingly
"That is the lie. The ninety thousand chronically ill U.S. soldiers
make up the real casualty figures. Tens of thousands of British, French,
Saudi, Egyptian, Australian, Canadian and other soldiers who served
in the Gulf in early 1991 are also sick. As John Catalinotto explains,
147 combat deaths is a very important figure to the military planners
and to the major corporations who profit from military production.
Lower casualty figures may mean less domestic resistance to future
"Today in discussing the possible causes of the Gulf War Syndrome
that affects over 90,000 U.S. veterans, there is an elephant
in the room. The entire debate is taking place with everyone pretending
the elephant doesn't exist (i.e., that DU weapons aren't the cause
of Gulf War Syndrome). This book (i.e., Metal of Dishonor)
is about the elephant ... DU weapons make all others so much scrap
metal, giving the U.S. military machine and military contractors a
huge advantage. It matters little to the Pentagon in its race for
unrestrained military dominance in every type of warfare that this
new weapon not only kills those it targets, it poisons soldiers who
handle it, civilians for hundreds of miles surrounding the battlefields
who breathe the air and drink the water, and unborn generations.
"... Gulf War Syndrome's symptoms chronic fatigue, chronic headache
and joint pain, gastrointestinal distress, insomnia and memory loss
make holding a job, stabilizing a family and obtaining medical help
much more difficult. Many thousands of seriously ill and demoralized,
disoriented or homeless veterans are not part of the count of those
suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. That one third of the homeless in
the U.S. today are veterans speaks to the hidden costs of the Gulf
and Vietnam wars."
WAR IS AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
Catalinotto says that what all this does is expose what America's
defense contractors and military establishment really think about rank-and-file
GIs. In America, war means money - lots of it - and to the corporations
which profit from war, our soldiers are nothing more than an expendable
item. The Pentagon and the military corporations clearly consider contamination
of their own soldiers as an acceptable cost.
Indeed, the largest corporations in the U.S. today - corporations
like Lockheed Martin, Boeing (now merged with McDonnell Douglas), General
Electric, Raytheon and AT&T - are those corporations whose very existence
depends on military contracts - contracts that mean the difference between
a healthy U.S. economy and an unhealthy one. These are the corporations
- together with the oil industry - around which all our other corporations
pivot and feed into, including the computer and high-tech
. Take these corporations away (i.e., those corporations that make up
the defense industry), and the U.S. economy, the economy that makes
the rest of the world "roll and go," will fold.
There are, of course, those who say that such is not the case anymore;
that with the end of the Cold War, the U.S. economy has moved to a "peace-time"
footing. However, that's not the case at all. The U.S. military machine
remains stronger than all of its potential competitors put together.
True, the military budget has been cut, but it's been cut at the expense
of military readiness, active U.S. divisions, obsolete military bases,
and so forth; however, that portion of the budget that has to do with
"hardware procurement" - i.e., military contracts that feed into Lockheed
Martin, Boeing, GE, etc. - has not been cut at all. If anything, it's
increased We may not have enough troops to deploy, sailors to man our
fleets, and airmen to fly our planes, but military procurement has continued
on producing weapons of war without missing a beat. The economy depends
on it. Indeed, President Clinton has pledged a forty-percent increase
in funds for new weapons development, and Congress has even voted more
money than the president asked for in addition to extending the Strategic
Defense Initiative, or Star Wars. Weapons are America's most profitable
DEATH IS BIG BUSINESS IN THE UNITED STATES
America has become a merchant of death. American weapons are
flooding the world arms market. Indeed, U.S. defense contractors provide
seventy-five percent of all weapons sold worldwide. Needless to say,
Desert Storm was a great advertisement for the these weapons. Death
is big business in the United States! In his Farewell Address to
the nation in 1961, President Eisenhower admitted as much when he alluded
to its by then nearly -
"... total influence - economic, political, even spiritual
- in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government."
And that was 1961 - almost forty years ago! Today war is even more
central to the American economy. There's an old saying in the United
States; almost everyone's heard it:
"What America needs from time to time is a good war in order to keep
the economy healthy. War is what got the U.S. out of the Depression,
and war is what has kept it hopping ever since."
And there's more truth to that old saying than many would care to
admit. It's not just a joke. There's a lot of reality to it. As a
result, in the United States it is imperative that the defense industry
be kept humming; and in order to do so, war must (1) be justified and
(2) made palatable to the American public.
(1) Justifying War
Until the fall of Communism and the old Soviet Union, America's war
industries were justified as necessary in America's battle with "godless
Communism." But with the fall of Communism, new reasons had to be found,
and a consensus began to develop around "humanitarian interventions"
- i.e., interventions (wars) designed to bring the blessings of the
"New World Order" to the countries of the earth at the point of a gun.
But to history buffs, it all sounds strangely familiar - especially
to those who are old enough to remember the justifications given by
Hitler's Third Reich for its "interventions" in Czechoslovakia, Poland,
etc. at the beginning of the Second World War. Jules Lobel and Michael
Ratner remember. They write:
"On September 23, 1938 Hitler wrote to Prime Minister Chamberlain
that ethnic Germans in Czechoslovakia had been 'tortured,' that 120,000
had been 'forced to flee the country,' that the 'security of more
than 3,000,000 human beings was at stake,' and that they had been
'prevented from realizing also the right of people to self-determination'.
Hitler was laying the basis for humanitarian intervention;
a claim to intervene militarily in a sovereign state because of claimed
human rights abuses. Although NATO is obviously not Hitler, the example
illustrates the mischief caused when countries assert the right to
use force on such a basis: it is often a pretext for acting in their
own geo-political interests and it sets a dangerous precedent--other
governments can do the same.
"Hitler's assertions were not the first time a county has used humanitarian
excuses to mask social, political and territorial goals. It is a frequent
occurrence: whether it was the Russians in the Balkans in the 19th
century, the Japanese intervening in Manchuria or the United States
in Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Grenada and Panama. International
law professors Thomas Franck and Nigel Rodely concluded in a 1973
study that '[i]n very few, if any, instances has the right [to humanitarian
intervention] been asserted under circumstances that appear more
humanitarian than self-centered and power seeking'. They further pointed
out that the failure of countries to intervene when real humanitarian
atrocities take place--such as those in Nazi Germany, South Africa
under apartheid, and Indonesia (and today we could add the Tutsis,
the Kurds, the Serbs in the Krajina and others)--should make claims
of humanitarian intervention 'highly suspect'. They conclude
that countries have no legal right of humanitarian intervention
under international law.
"This historical background should make us very skeptical regarding
current U.S. and NATO claims that the war against Serbia is to stop
'ethnic cleansing' or even 'genocide'. President Clinton says
the bombings were necessary to prevent a 'humanitarian catastrophe,'
to end 'instability in the Balkans' and to prevent a wider war'.
"But the evidence is otherwise. The NATO countries, as the historical
record predicts, appear to be acting primarily in their own self-interests.
To date the bombings have created the very evils President Clinton
claims he is trying to prevent: over 500,000 refugees have fled Kosovo.
Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and even Bosnia are being destabilized
and Russia is threatening a wider war.
"The administration claims that Serbia was planning this ethnic
cleansing and it would have occurred even without the NATO attacks.
But even if this were the case, it was the NATO attacks that gave
Serbia the opportunity to carry out its alleged plans, particularly
in a circumstance when all of the unarmed monitors from the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were withdrawn. Nor
should it be overlooked that the bombing itself probably caused many
of the refugee to flee their homes. NATO had to have realized that
its massive bombing campaign had the potential to create a serious
humanitarian crisis, yet incredibly it had made no preparations for
housing, feeding or caring for the refugees. Had humanitarian concerns
been at the forefront of NATO policy or even a serious concern, such
plans would have been a priority.
"If the U.S. and NATO really believed that Serbia was planning 'ethnic
cleansing', then the bombing was the absolute worst strategy; it was
almost guaranteed to bring about that result. If the goal was to really
prevent expulsions of people from Kosovo there were other peaceful
alternatives that should have been undertaken. A sticking point in
the negotiations with Yugoslavia was the deployment of 28,000 NATO
troops in Kosovo; a compromise could have been worked out by making
that force an international force of the United Nations or one that
at least included Russian troops. Support for the Kosovo Liberation
Army could have ended. Had these and other peaceful means been employed
there is a fair chance that the human tragedy unfolding in the Balkans
could have been avoided.
"Once again it appears that the claim of humanitarian intervention
is a pretext for countries acting in their own self-interest and for
their own geo-political reasons. Western countries are insuring that
it is they, not Serbia and Russia, who will be the dominant force
in the Balkans; NATO is pushing Europe's borders into the edge of
Asia. A NATO military base in the region cannot be far behind. Also
at play here is the broader underlying interest of the United States
to mold the world to its will through a policy of coercive diplomacy.
Under this doctrine, when the United States tells another country
to do something, it must do so or suffer the consequences. That
is what it told Yugoslavia: sign the Rambouillet agreement or get
bombed. It is not a way to negotiate and certainly not a way to create
a safer world. That is why after World War II, the nations of the
world through the Charter of the United Nations mandated that only
the Security Council could authorize the non-defensive use of force:
unlike the current U.S./NATO bombing, force was to be used in the
interest of the international community and not individual states."
No, the war in Serbia and Kosovo is being prosecuted for reasons other
than "humanitarian concerns" for the Muslims of Kosovo (for whom the
elites in the board rooms of General Electric, Shell Oil, Standard Oil,
Boeing, etc. care little or nothing for) not the least of which is to
placate the Muslims of the Middle East and the Caspian Sea areas, and
to inject additional funds into our war industries - again, the very
industries that make the rest of our economy "tick."
That's one way of keeping the stock market rising and the economy
healthy. So long as U.S. Treasury Bonds can be sold (by sucking money
into the economy from the rest of the world) to "fix" the enormous deficits
that our military adventures are in danger of creating, this kind of
thing can go on for a very long time. Roosevelt did it during the Great
Depression, and we've been doing it ever since using the Cold War as
an excuse. War is the way that America has discovered for "evening out"
or "flattening" the "economic cycle" - cycles which, before World War
II, used to devastate our economy once every ten to twenty years with
depressions and recessions that would make the 1990-91 recession look
like a cake walk. No more! - thanks to war and our defense industries.
(2) Making War Palatable to
the American Public
The problem with all this, however, is that war has to be made palatable
(or at least acceptable) to the American public. After all, it's not
the sons and daughters of the elite that are going to do all the fighting,
but the sons and daughters of working-class Americans. That's where
depleted uranium comes in. It has become impossible for generals,
in the interests of corporate profit, to send tens of thousands of youth
directly into machine gun fire as they did in earlier wars - and it's
here that the utility of depleted uranium comes into play: it keeps
casualties down (while at the same time it greatly enhances American
firepower - way beyond what it would be in the absence of this substance).
John Catalinotto explains that keeping combat deaths low is critical
to military planners and to the major corporations which profit from
military production. Lower casualty figures mean less domestic resistance
to America's "humanitarian interventions" throughout the world - interventions
that are necessary as a justification for America's war industries.
Again, it's not so much that those who sit in the board rooms of General
Electric, Boeing, Lockheed, etc. care very much for the fate of the
sons and daughters of America's working class families as it is high
casualty figures would mean opposition to such "interventions." The
elites who sit on the boards of these corporations remember very well
how close they came to "losing it" during the Vietnam War (as a result
of civil unrest), and they don't want a repeat of that.
"High-intensity Conflict" utilizing high-tech weaponry and depleted
uranium are Lockheed's and Boeing's answer to keeping casualty figures
at an acceptable minimum. The forty-three-day war against Iraq in 1991
more than proved this to be the case. The Gulf War was the highest intensity
conflict in military history, fought for control of the richest mineral
reserves in the world. The U.S.-led coalition poured unprecedented volumes
of firepower, money and technology including seven billion tons of military
materiel into the Gulf area. They fought the war with an electronic
battlefield of stealth bombers, satellites and cruise missiles, all
of which depended in one degree or another on depleted uranium for "killing
power" - the kind of "killing power" which can so devastate an enemy
that the horror of it all makes him incapable of retaliation. To date,
no other nation in the world has the sophistication to produce (on a
practical level) DU weapons. Only the United States.
That's why the U.S. is interested in covering up the ill-effects of
these weapons - and if that means stonewalling on their ill-effects
(and even the existence of these weapons), so be it. The fact is, if
the real danger of DU weapons ever became an open topic of debate, if
the long-term illnesses, genetic deformities, and environmental damage
caused by these weapons ever became issues, opposition to new military
adventures would surely grow! - and what would that do to the "bottom
line" of America's multinational corporations? No, we can't have that!
- the U.S. economy is at stake!
MORE LIES AND INCONSISTENCIES
In the few instances where the U.S. has acknowledged the existence
of these weapons, it has maintained that the danger from radiation poisoning
is minimal. But inconsistencies in these denials are rampant. For example,
Dr. Siegwart Guenther, a critic of DU weapons, attempted to bring a
single spent DU bullet that he had collected from the battlefields of
the Gulf War into Germany (a NATO ally and a lackey of U.S. / German
corporate interests); but he was stopped by German customs and arrested
for transporting radioactive material. What? But we have been told that
DU weapons are safe; after all, a spent bullet? - what danger is that?
It wasn't as if it was live ammunition. All this gives the lie to the
Pentagon's assertions as to the "residual safety" of these weapons.
And more than that, it's interesting to note that DU weapons are made
from the residue of "spent" uranium rods from nuclear reactors, etc.
Now, if these rods are so safe, why is the United States government
spending billions and billions of dollars to carve out a cave in the
desert of New Mexico to store this material? Why not just dump them
in a local land fill? We don't do that because they ARE dangerous
- EXTREMELY dangerous. Yet Boeing, GE, Westinghouse, Lockheed,
etc. would tell us that they are safe for our soldiers to handle, and
that there are no lingering health risks to the inhabitants of those
areas where these weapons have been used. Oh, really? The inconsistency
here is mind-boggling!
Some scientists have proposed alternatives to depleted uranium weapons,
claiming that fast, hard missiles could be made at greater expense by
using other, perhaps less toxic "heavy metals," such as tungsten or
tungsten alloy. But these weapons would be too expensive to be used
on any kind of a widespread basis - and after all, insofar as America
and her multinationals are concerned, it's the "bottom line" that counts.
No, the Pentagon is determined to stifle all discussion on these points.
DU is the Pentagon's ticket to making war acceptable to the American
public by making it appear that war can be "safely waged" - and hang
the long-term consequences of these weapons. The Pentagon is expert
at "hiding" these consequences - they've been doing it for years with
regard to a plethora of other things. It's no "big deal" to them - after
all, they have the media at their disposal to ridicule those who attempt
to make a "big deal" out of these things; by the time they're finished
with them, they'll be made to appear as "buffoons," "idiots" and "jerks"
- raving "wackos" of the radical right of the "pinko left."
WHAT AMERICA'S MULTINATIONALS
AND THE PENTAGON REALLY FEAR
Today, the Pentagon fears no military weapon. The fact is, most
analysts now agree that there is not one weapon in the arsenals of any
of America's potential adversaries that is capable of destroying even
one American bomber, one aircraft carrier, or even one U.S. tank.
The Pentagon fears only one thing: an angry, mobilized public. Public
protests stopped nuclear testing, stopped the use of Agent Orange, etc.
The fact is, on several occasions, especially during the Vietnam War,
an aroused public - the "average Joes" of "Main Street America" - almost
destroyed Corporate America's ability to "sell war" to the American
public. And the catalyst responsible for arousing these "average Joes"
The Vietnam War! - the elites don't want a repeat of that; that's
when DOW Chemical (the makers of Agent Orange, napalm and other assorted
miseries during the Vietnam conflict), Monsanto, DuPont, McDonald-Douglas,
Lockheed, etc. became synonymous with EVIL; that's when
these corporations came close to having their masks ripped off; that's
when they were almost exposed (on a widespread basis) for the monsters
they really are. High casualties! - the government and America's multinationals
will do almost anything in their power [even kill a president (?)] to
continue with the lie that there is such a thing as a "safe war" - a
war with only the barest number of casualties.
EISENHOWER'S WARNING AGAINST THE
DANGER OF UNCHECKED ELITE POWER
President Eisenhower warned on several occasions, most notably in
his "Farewell Address" of January 17, 1961, that a dangerous elite of
power was developing in the United States which was no longer responsive
to the cares and desires of ordinary Americans - specifically, that
advances in technology combined with the growing defense needs of the
country had created an opportunity for elites in the military establish-ment,
"Big Business," and politics to exert an undue and improper influence
on the formation and conduct of national policy. The warning was especially
strik-ing coming from Eisenhower, a product himself of the military
and good friend, as it had been assumed, of "Big Business." He described
the "complex" as a tri-centered nexus of power which consisted of a
corporate center, a po-litical center, and a military center. Each was
intertwined with the other, and each fed off the other. He warned:
"A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment.
Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential
aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military
organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my
predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World
War II or Korea.
"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had
no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time
and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk
emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled
to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.
Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly
engaged in the defense establishment ...
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a
large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence
- economic, political, even spiritual - is felt in every city, every
Statehouse, every office of the Federal government.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition
of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power
exists and will persist.
"We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our
liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted.
Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing
of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our
peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper
"Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our
industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution
during recent decades.
"In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes
more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share
is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed
by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In
the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead
of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution
in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved,
a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual
curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new
"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal
employment, project allocations, and the power of money is
ever present - and is gravely to be regarded.
"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as
we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger
that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological
And what Eisenhower saw in 1961 insofar as the development of an
"elite of power" in the United States ["... involving multi-billion
dollar contracts, tax write-offs, protec-tions, rebates, grants, loss
compensations, subsidies, leases, giveaways and the whole vast process
of budgeting, legislating, advising, regulating, protecting and servicing
major producer interest - now bending or ignoring the law on behalf
of the powerful, now applying it with the full punitive vigor against
heretics and 'troublemakers'."] whose main business is DEATH
has now progressed to the point where - as Michael Parenti alleges
- it can no longer be stopped.
The fact of the matter is, the protestations of those involved
in the militia movement and other similar populist movements (of both
the right and the left) against elite power is not all that
"off the mark." Their effort to identify the elite may not be
that accurate (because the new elite is anything but a Jewish cabal);
nonetheless, their contention that the mass of the American public
has been rendered impotent by an all-powerful elite which has seized
command of the country and is now mov-ing to seize control of the
world is fairly accurate.
"WE HAS MET THE ENEMY
AND THEY IS US" - POGO
But again, it's not some Jewish cabal that's behind what's going
on, but white, Anglo-Saxons, most of whom call themselves Christian
- in short, they are what is commonly referred to in academia as "The
Establishment." They are the ones in command of the major hierarchies
and organizations of modern society. They rule the big corporations.
They run the machinery of the state and claim its pre-rogatives. They
direct the military establishment. In short, they are the very people
against whom President Eisenhower warned the nation in 1961 (and for
which he received the defamation of almost all his former friends and
associates); they are, in fact, the very people that Oliver Stone
pointed to in his unjustly maligned movie, JFK.
And it is precisely from this elite that the CIA has drawn most of
its operatives over the years - Richard Helms, Allen Dulles, Bill Casey,
James Jesus Angleton, Edward Hunter, etc.; this is the clique, as we
indicated earlier, which more than a decade after the assassination
of JFK gathered themselves around David Atlee Phillips when his name
surfaced in connection with the JFK assassination during the Senate
and House Investigations of that matter in the late 1970s - specifically
the CIAs Old Boy Network." The same clique whose ties
run deep into the corporate boardrooms of most of America's Fortune
500 corporations, the same clique of operatives whose souls were bought
long ago by "Big Oil" - SOCAL, Gulf, ARAMCO, the Bechtel Corporation,
etc. - AND THESE ARE THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WITH WHOM THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
IS GETTING INTO BED.
No! - it's not the Jews; it's not the Illuminati, it's not Texe
Marrs' ridiculous and imaginary "Circle of Intrigue" - it's the very
people that Tim LaHaye, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Paige Patterson,
D. James Kennedy and all the rest have got us involved with over the
past two or three decades.
You might, of course, say, "Why is all this important to me?" Well,
there's a very good reason. If you remain with those people and institutions
who are now beginning to involve themselves in "taking the country back
for Christ and the church," you may very well end up sharing their fate
as the "end of days" draw to a close. It's not without reason that the
Bible warns us:
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great
is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and
the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful
"For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and
the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,
my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues. "For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and God hath remembered her iniquities. (Rev. 18:2-5)
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