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BTL: US Uses New Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War

U.S. Uses Unprecedented Quantities of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War: Grave health consequences feared for civilians and combatants.
U.S. Uses Unprecedented Quantities of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Afghan War: Grave health consequences feared for civilians and combatants.

Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine
Interview by Scott Harris.

Listen to the interview in Real Audio or MP3 format
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Major news outlets reported recently that the Pentagon is in the process of developing new nuclear weapons and tactics for use against U.S.-declared enemies such as Iraq, North Korea, Libya or China. One element of the planning calls for the development of low-yield nuclear weapons that will be capable of destroying underground bunkers built to protect an enemy's command and control centers.

Over the past decade, the U.S. military has used depleted uranium munitions in Iraq and the Balkans to destroy tanks and other shielded or "hardened" targets. Deep penetrating depleted uranium-tipped shells or war heads burn extremely fast and hot enabling projectiles to easily destroy heavily-protected targets.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert James Parson whose article titled, "The Big Lie About Clean Wars: The Reality of Depleted Uranium," appeared in the March edition of the French publication Le Monde Diplomatique. In the piece, based on the research of Dai Williams, Parson reports on the U.S. military's unprecedented use of large quantities of depleted uranium in the war against Afghanistan and the possible public health disaster which it may produce for both civilians and combatants.

Robert James Parson's article, "The Big Lie About Clean Wars: The Reality of Depleted Uranium," appeared in the March 2002 edition of the French publication, "Le Monde Diplomatique." (A link to an English translation of this article will be posted on this site when it becomes available.)

Related links:

"Mystery Metal Nightmare in Afghanistan?" by Dai Williams, EOS Lifeworks Resource Center, England, Feb. 23, 2002, www.eoslifework.co.uk/du2012.htm

Military Toxics Project www.miltoxproj.org
 
 

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