There Are No Words ...
Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs
by Bob Nichols www.dissidentvoice.org
March 27, 2004 (Revised July 12,
a writer I do not have a set of words to describe what 142 degrees in
the shade is like. I've seen 120 degrees in Phoenix and 110 degrees 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 pound pack.
By contrast the Inuit of Alaska and Canada are said to have
thirty-seven words to precisely talk about different kinds of snow.
So, 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.
But, 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.
This story is about American weapons built with Uranium components for
the business end of things. Just about all American bullets, 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.
In 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,
according to the Pentagon and the United Nations. That is a bunch.
Now, most people have no idea how much Four Million Pounds of anything
is, much less of Uranium Oxide Dust (UOD), 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 apiece. 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.
No 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.
When the uranium bullets, missiles, or bombs hit something or explode
most of the radioactive uranium turns instantly into very, very small
dust particles, too fine to even see (they call it: uranium oxide,
that's the really bad stuff). When US troops 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 life.
The 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.
But, 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 understand.
The Admiral decided to figure out how many Nagasaki Plutonium Bombs it
would take to include the equivalent of the total amount of radiation
deployed in Iraq in 2003 in the Four Million Pounds of uranium.
The 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 Radiation Wars.
That 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,
United States Military Forces dropped two nuclear Bombs on Japan at
the close of World War II. The rest of the world remembers that.
One Atom Bomb was dropped by Americans on the city of Hiroshima, the
other bomb on the city of Nagasaki three days later. About 170,000 to
250,000 people were vaporized or incinerated immediately. It was a
really big deal.
It is a measuring stick that plays very well in the rest of the world;
but, not very well on American Fox News (Fair & Balanced)(c) channel
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 Internet.
The admiral in India calculated the amount of radiation 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.
How many Nagasaki Bombs equal the Radiation in the 2003 Iraq war?
Answer: About 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs.
How many Nagasaki Bombs equal the Radiation in the last Five American
Nuclear Radiation Wars? Answer: About 400,000 Nagasaki Bombs.
Who would do something like this?
We 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.
Respected 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.
An 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.
If 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, shells, bombs, and
missiles. No wonder his popular nick-name was Ronnie Ray-Guns.
The 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.
President Bush promised to invade and attack many 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 him
and fear him, though.
Not to worry, Americans, 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 a stunning 1.5 billion
pounds at the several Nuclear Weapons Labs and related facilities in
waste generating plant makes another 250 pounds of radioactive
material a day for radioactive bullets, shells, bombs, and missiles.
Not to put too fine a point on it; but, that is enough for 288 more
gloriously successful campaigns like the 2003 Nuclear Radiation War in
Iraq. Who's next?
Every year about this time the Southern winds leave a fine desert sand
on the windshields of cars parked outside in Africa then 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 us so.
These 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 personal internal radiation source, the cannon fodder
of the 21st Century American Nuclear Radiation Wars.
Put your ending to this article next.
A 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
Bob 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 for reposting is
allowed provided the complete text and attribution are kept intact.