Depleted Intelligence of Depleted Uranium Apologists
Piotr Bein, firstname.lastname@example.org
January 22th, 2001 – ten years and five days from the start of depleted uranium war crimes in the Persian Gulf
Professor Zbigniew Jaworowski of the Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection in Warsaw and Dr. Roger Bate of Cambridge University wrote “Depleted intelligence, not uranium, the problem in Kosovo” that was published at http://www.junkscience.com/jan01/uranium.htm on January 10th, 2001. The authors’ titles and affiliations are impressive, but not the article.
Emphasis and “scientific” opinion can, and is, manipulated depending on the purpose of “research”. Statistics and calculations can be, and are, selected and adjusted in any discipline to prove a point specified by the sponsors of a research contract. The reward is esteem and future contracts, if someone wants to sell their soul and integrity. I will show in this de-bunking article that I would get a big reward, if anti-NATO organizations were as rich as the sponsors of Jaworowski and Bate.
Jaworowski and Bate are either ignorant, incompetent, or they were simply hired by Special Operations for a deception stunt. In either case, why do they occupy socially responsible positions at respectable institutions? Presently, they are accomplices in genocide, the worst crime known to humanity. That Jaworowski needs money, I can understand. Poland resembles a third world country after ten years of free-market reforms and giveaways of Polish assets to foreigners. But it puzzles me that the UK declined to a like status and a Cambridge professor would be grossly underpaid.
The two “professors” focus on a nuclear argument. I submit that it does not matter if 25 tons dumped on Kosovo by NATO was heavy metal poison or nuclear material. Neither it matters, if leukemia, renal, fibromyalgia-like, or other casualties were caused by DU-toxin or by DU-nuke.
Any amount of radiation could be defended by assuming a thicker layer of soil than the equivalent dose of nuclear contamination. The natural radioactive and toxic elements in the dirt are in a stable chemical state, bound to other material. They don’t fly around freely in form of microscopic powder. If they were as harmful as DU particles, the human race would have expired long before it evolved to produce nuclear weapons.
The authors ignore low-intensity yet harmful radiation. For alpha
radiation to harm at its 30 micron range, U-238 particle from DU must enter the
body with breath, food or through the skin. This was known and recorded in
international scientific publications as well as US, British, French, Russian,
Japanese and many other government and military documents long before the Gulf
War. Jaworowski and Bate don’t deny that DU is a potent toxin. That fact alone
should have stopped proliferation of DU in military and civilian applications
which introduce DU into the environment and food webs. It would be immaterial
to an impartial judge of war crimes, whether veterans, soldiers and civilians
get sick of DU-toxin or DU-nuke. Both harms have been known to the military,
government and industry since DU ammo was invented and applied first time on a
mass scale in the Gulf War.
The professors calculated that the top 10 mm of the entire Kosovo ground contains an equivalent of 100 million MBq, or 300 times more U-238 than NATO dumped there in DU ammunition. According to this figure, there is an average natural radiation in Kosovo of 10 000 Mbq per square km from U-238. This means that the contaminated sites on the average are 30 times more radioactive per square than 10 mm layer in surrounding areas.
My calculation reverses Jaworowski and Bate’s picture. NATO DU weapons augmented the natural, local radioactivity of U-238 in Kosovo’s thin top layer of soil at least thirty times. Their conclusion was the other way around: the top 10 mm of soil emits 300 times more radioactivity compared to DU contamination from NATO, so it renders the contamination insignificant. They “erred” by a factor of ten thousand, simply because they divided the NATO dose of DU into ten thousand square kilometres of Kosovo.
Why did not the professors divide the NATO DU dose into the whole area of Yugoslavia or the Balkans? They would then prove that the safest spots in Europe are where NATO bombed, just like the uranium industry establishments are asylums from cancer and mortality, according to Jaworowski and Bate. Interestingly, Pentagon claims that M1A1 tanks made of DU armour are radiologically the safest place on earth. Critics add, “until it is hit by a DU piercer.”
Since nuclear threat of U-238 is conditional on inhaling or ingesting DU
dust, only a fraction of one millimetre of the topsoil that could turn into
microscopic particles should be considered in the calculations. This adds a
factor of 100 to the professors’ “error” and makes their deceit a round
million times over the scenario that I assumed!
Wishful thinking, fact proven by science, or deception? Professor Siegwart-Horst Günther put his life on line for the truth. He was one of the first scientists who travelled to the Gulf battlefields to independently study health effects of DU. He predicted in a March 3rd, 2000, interview for “junge Welt” that a significant rise in DU casualty cases from Kosovo would start about March 2001. In the meantime, a message was circulated on the Internet that German authorities denied Günther medical help with his cancer.
Günther was arrested and maltreated in June 1995, following an anti-DU crusade. He remained under police supervision one year after release. On January 4th, 1999, he was told by a German court that, if necessary, he would be forcefully taken to a closed psychiatric institution. The authorities showed they were very nervous indeed about DU truth getting out into the open.
Professor Günther also travelled to Libya, where in 1986 A-10 aircraft attacked the residence of Qadhafi and a coastal town – the site of an alleged chemical weapons plant. In both areas Günther observed cases of leukemia and deformed babies. The same symptoms plus skin sickness and miscarriages were observed in the vicinity of the crash sites of A-10 aircraft at Ramsheid in Germany in 1988 and El-Al cargo plane in Amsterdam suburbs in 1992. Dutch NGOs found DU contamination in soil samples from the crash site.
To Jaworowski and Bate, leukemia from DU in Kosovo is not caused by DU-nuke, but by the toxin. Encyclopaedia Britannica from 1960 cites ionizing radiation as the main known cause of leukemia, as established at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My 1996 Polish encyclopedia lists chemicals, ionizing radiation, environmental change, and viruses, in that order, as the causes of leukemia.
“How could alleged alpha radiation from the lungs or stomach travel as far
as bones to damage the marrow – the cause of leukemia?” another apologist
mocked medical science. The answer came from an independent scientist: DU
particles travel with the blood stream, and, once in the bone, attach themselves
to calcium, to which they have an affinity.
“Initially, radioactive emissions from nuclear installations were suspected to be the cause of the clusters. However, it was realized quite quickly that clusters appear at other non-nuclear sites, where migration of large number of people occurred.” This argument pre-supposes that all uranium sites see great migration of people all the time. It is oblivious to the fact that leukemia can have nuclear as well as non-nuclear causes.
The authors find it consolatory that the incidence of leukemia among soldiers from Kosovo fits the European norm, for example, 11 deaths per 100 000 people in the UK. I am not an epidemiologist, but still the comparison is suspect to me. Soldiers are the fittest, healthiest and young social group. They are carefully screened before duty. Comparing them to a an average statistic from a whole country that is known for high density population, nuclear industry, pollution and DU processing and testing, does not seem right. The British leukemia fatality rate includes Seascale, DU shooting ranges, the site of a DU plant fire, and what have you.
Why do not the professors compare to leukemia incidence at an more pristine place, like Bulgaria? Many of the Bulgarian soldiers, like Danail Danailov and Emil Ivanov came back from Kosovo serously ill, but not from leukemia. They were diagnosed by their host KFOR German unit in Kosovo with renal disease, but were intimidated by Bulgarian authorities who lately accused Danailov of forging his medical file. Flu-like symptoms are often characteristic for DU poisoning and were cited by the Bulgarian Army Medical Academy to diffuse public suspicion of DU contamination in the Bulgarian KFOR soldiers.
If we can trust their words, Jaworowski and Bate wrote about the collection of KFOR soldier fatalities and casualties, “The shortest latency time for leukemia induced by ionizing radiation is two years. As this disease started to appear among the soldiers much earlier, and there were no reports on a dramatic increase of renal problems, the cause of leukemias in Kosovo, does not seem to be radiation of depleted uranium, but rather a natural one.”
Interestingly the Bulgarian Army Medical Academy could not make up its mind if it was 14 toxins they uncovered in their sick Kosovo soldiers or the flu. At the same time, the minister of defence threatened the sick soldiers and their desperate parents. In a TV debate on the subject, Bulgarian independent medical specialist was shut up as as soon as she mentioned the Balkan syndrome.
A Bulgarian volunteer in the Yugoslav army in the Kosovo conflict. Alexander Vasiliev, claims that 80% of his army friends from the war, both Bulgarian and Serb, have similar symptoms: general weakness, bad cough, pain and cataracts in the eyes, neck tumor that immobilizes shoulder and arm. He also told reporters that a captain for Yugoslav chemical army units that came to Kosovo for checks during the bombing told him confidentially that the situation was “catastrophically disastrous” at the time.
Since the European cases are diagnosed, like the Gulf syndrome cases in US and UK, by military medical services, or the results of private tests are ultimately managed by the authorities, there is room for covering up and forgery. NATO lied shamelessly about their bombing “mistakes” in Yugoslavia, about Srebrenica and Racak “massacres”, “death” camps in Bosnia, tens of thousands of Albanians “massacred” by Yugoslav forces during Kosovo campaign and about many other “atrocities”. The October “revolution” in Belgrade was staged, too.
I simply do not trust what NATO says and am worried that a NATO-steered inquiry into DU effects is about to begin. Jaworowski and Bate are NATO mouthpiece, just like Shea and Laity.
Once again another nuclear apology is really an attempt to cover up the
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Depleted intelligence, not uranium, the problem in Kosovo
By Zbigniew Jaworowski and Roger Bate