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BTL: U.S. War Against Baghdad Could Result in Use of Nuclear Weapons

Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility conducted by Melinda Tuhus
BTL:U.S. War Against Baghdad Could Result in Use of Nuclear Weapons

Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a pediatrician and a world-renowned anti-nuclear weapons activist. She founded Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1978 because of her grave concern over the biological impact of nuclear weapons on the human race. The group has 20,000 members who are doctors, nurses or other health professionals. The Australian born Caldicott, who now lives in the U.S., was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

In her latest book titled, "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military Industrial Complex," Caldicott explains why she fears that a future U.S. war against Iraq could involve the use of nuclear weapons. Dr. Caldicott emphasizes that the first war against Iraq, in 1991, was a nuclear war because of the U.S. military's use of depleted uranium weapons. She points to studies that show an increase in birth deformities and an increase in specific types of cancers, especially in Iraq but also among the offspring of U.S. service personnel who served in the Gulf War.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus recently spoke with Helen Caldicott in New Haven, Conn. where she discusses the militarization of the U.S. government and the dangerous precedents set in the Bush doctrine justifying pre-emptive wars and "regime change."

Dr. Helen Caldicott's "The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush's Military Industrial Complex," is published by the New Press. Call Nuclear Policy Institute at (213) 386-1901 or visit their Web site at www.nuclearpolicy.org. Physicians for Social Responsibility may be reached at (202) 667-4260 or visit their website at www.psr.org.

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