There Are No Words ...
Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs
by Bob Nichols
March 27, 2004
(Revised July 12, 2004)
As 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 the US.
Each nuke 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 me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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16 Aug 2004 @ 18:04 by jmarc : nit picking
The comparison to the 13 hundred cars is a bit misleading. There is weight, and there is mass. They are both the same weight, but they dont take up Nearly the same space. As to the morality of it all, the point of the article, i gather, i'll leave you to debate or comiserate with others.
16 Aug 2004 @ 18:27 by rishi : Great post
This article is brilliant sarcasm, directed at even the dullest American wit.
I doubt however that even depleted uranium could penetrate the moronic state of mind of the public. To them these are probably just more facts and figures they don't have to deal with, at least not immediately. And since every American knows that immediate gratification is all that matters in life, (the TV tells them so) then you have comments like those above, made by jmarc.
Nit picking? Is that all you can say?
16 Aug 2004 @ 18:37 by jmarc : yeah
rishi, to you anyway, yes.
16 Aug 2004 @ 18:40 by jmarc : my point vaxen
is that when i read a misleading fact or figure or statistic, it casts doubt on the author's whole point for me. That's all.
16 Aug 2004 @ 19:03 by spells : your point is dishonest
jmarc wrote: "my point vaxen
is that when i read a misleading fact or figure or statistic, it casts doubt on the author's whole point for me. That's all."
That is a dishonest and misleading way to take the attention away from the important points made in this article (or any article). How can you focus on one small statistic or figure as though that is the important point, and ignore the horrific situation it is conveying? At this moment I actually feel nauseaus asking you this question. So many (millions) in Iraq are exposed to these poisons, and you want to downplay it to one little comparsion that is used to give the reader a visualization of the immensity of this war crime....
Maybe when you (or people you know) have grandchildren with 3 eyes, you'll actually take such posts/events as serious and important.
16 Aug 2004 @ 19:20 by jmarc : "That is
a dishonest and misleading way to take the attention away from the important points made in this article (or any article)". My point exactly. Sorry you're not feeling well Sandi.
16 Aug 2004 @ 20:03 by istvan : The usual methods used
At not only at this log, but many other logs is just one examle of the uselesness of posting significant subjects, because someone will inevitably come along and Nitpick (as jmarc did above), and divert attention from the subject and in turn try to remind all those who will listen to their proclamed genius and in turn collect rewards of self importance from all the other pseudo-geniuses.
This is one of the main methods of the current administration for diverting attention from their bungled atrocities.It is a rather succssful method unfortunately.
Getting back on subject, yes wery few people pay attention to what really is happening on the nuclear scene. I have noticed through conversations with people that lately many women have promlems carrying out full pregnancy and stillbirths are on the increase. Could not find statistics on this.One of the effects of increased radiation levels could prevent all pregnacy, at lesat normal pregnancy in years to come.
We will see what happens after the soldiers come home and also in Iraq a few years from now.
16 Aug 2004 @ 20:28 by jmarc : i'm not a genius istvan
but i'm sure you are. Nothing is hopeless. Carry on.
16 Aug 2004 @ 22:17 by : Pre-meditated Evil
"Radiation in Iraq Equals 250,000 Nagasaki Bombs"
Kind of makes the holocaust look like a wedgie or a pink belly in comparison, doesn't it? Not only is this genocide in action, but it stretches into countless future generations. I've seen the pictures of the birth defects in Iraq and it is extremely hard not to feel unmitigated hatred for those that made the policy decisions to use these weapons, and for anybody that provides justification for there use, let alone those that trivialize it.
A few years back I read some material on the Gulf War Syndrom done by an ex high ranking female military officer that was representing the veterans, I forget her name, but I think there was a lot of connections there with DU poisoning. Sounded like about half or more of the troops in the first gulf war are either dead or dying of this.
Definitely an issue that could use more publicity. Very effective message by equating it with the number of Nagasaki Nukes.
16 Aug 2004 @ 22:43 by : Joyce Reilly...
Joyce Reilly has done significant work in this area ov. I think that is how one spells Reilly. It always amazes me how Americans can justify the horrors of their all out war on humanity by choosing not to see it, sweeping it under the rug, self justification, support the Troups (They never really do 'support' the troops!) and, in General, choosing to tuck their nifty little beaks and heads under the sound sands of sleep by thinking they vote for all this ethnic cleansing. Then they have the gall to label Adolph Hitler as evil without ever realising that the same forces that put him in power are the very same forces who print their money and educate their children!
I am glad to see that there are a few souls sensitive to these issues. The die has been cast. You all know, of course, that 'we' did not have to drop the bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima for the 'war' had already been won! That's a fact. Thanks to the 'creators' of this insideousness guinea pigs were sought. Our own people, right here in the USA, were used first. Port Chicago was 'nuked.' (That is a whole other story hidden and secreted away) The USA has been using guinea pigs world wide for a very long time. Is'nt it time that real people began examining the 'policies' which allow these tyrants free swing in this world? Is'nt it time that the liars be decloaked and de frocked? I think so. Thanks all for your comments. Hope to see more.
17 Aug 2004 @ 01:45 by Ashanti @220.127.116.11 : Truth
It is so good to hear the clear Truth still being broadcast. I watched the same thing happen when I was growing up in apartheid South Africa. White South Africans did NOT want to look, confront, acknowledge. DeNile DeNile, DeNile. The behavioral parallels and patterns between white South Africans who refused to see that there was anything wrong with Apartheid, and modern-day Americans and others suckling at the teat of the Anglo-American Order, who refuse to see that there is anything wrong with the American system of Apartheid is staggering. If I had the time, and less pressing issues to attend to, I would write a book on it.
Sure nice to see you back Ashanti. Missed you. A book would be great! Hope you 'find' the time. ;)
17 Aug 2004 @ 22:18 by jmarc : interesting about
port chicago Vaxen. I've read a bit about that and yeah, it sure does look that way, doesn't it. Mostly blacks working there too, correct?
Yes, j, mostly blacks. I was on a remake of the 'Ammo' ship that was sabotaged. It took me many years to discover just what had happened. It is a story so bizzare that it rivals any conspiracy 'theroy' going yet next to nothing is known about it and strange things begin to happen when one starts to do research into it. Just think what would have happened if the scientists involved, now 'icons and heroes,' had have just said no! I blame them more than anybody else.
18 Aug 2004 @ 05:36 by : What is to be Done?
Here a couple of excerpts from something I wrote some time ago.
They have been on this site before.
I feel that the context is appropriate.
Breathe deeply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the New air.
The atmosphere on planet Blue
Has recently undergone various changes.
It is expected that the change in atmosphere
Will affect the Life forms of our planet
in various ways.
No one knows what will happen.
We who Live
Now entertain one thought.
Listen with one another,
and send Truth through the Dome of Skull,
Each may see a new light emerging through Blue,
The beginning of Violet.
Raindrops fall from the sky from the past
Into Earth now
to dissolve into Her
And grow out of Her,
Her next phase.
(Canto 1. verse 12)
Snow light drifting. . .
Crystals dancing . . .
Through the open window.
drift gently to the Lake
and through the open window
of the City by the Snow.
in the marrow of our blood.
Earth is a Rock on fire
with an onion skin layer of water and air.
Isotope follows the wide spread wind, VAYU,
and the Rock on fire drifting through Air,
may find a cell wall
within which to stay
for as long as its own half-life.
Heart of Rose consumes Violet.
Blue Sky never return.
(Canto 2. Verse 32)
May everyone here and all whom we know and love
live long enough to see the emergence of hope
for our planetary and human existance.