For those of you who missed it: Please watch the excellent lectures of the DU specialists at the bottom of the letter.
While the average New Zealander thinks that it is OK for New Zealanders to be involved in the war in Afghanistan, because we have to do our bit, nobody even questions why we are still involved in that war, why isn’t this happily liberated country on it’s way to a energised rebuild Democracy ready to join the rest of the world in freedom and an invigorated economy. No, we have to “stabilise the country”. Our corporate media bought and paid for by the military complex give us no information about what is really going on in that poor destroyed country because they don’t want us to know.
They don’t want us to know about the massacres, the corruption, the devastation and destruction and above all they don’t want us to know about the Genocide they are committing. Not just now but until eternity with the most evil of weapons of mass destruction: tonnes of Depleted Uranium contaminated with Radio active waste. DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.
So in order to start reining our politicians in and to start a call for our troops to come home I urge you to Leave your name and town in the comment sector if you agree with my letter to leaders of the Green part
Dear Jeanette, Russell and Keith,
I asked some time ago whether the war in Afghanistan could become an issue for this election and the response was negative. “Not very likely”, was the response from Mark for example.
I write to you again with the same question because as I write this New Zealand soldiers are exposed to the most monstrous weapon of mass destruction; Depleted Uranium.
Additionally they are exposed to enriched uranium because of the use of nuclear explosives used in the bombing of the Tora Bora region.
I have done some research into the use of Depleted Uranium and what I found was a monstrous ecological crime of truly Biblical proportions and with repercussions that will last 4.5 billion years. These repercussions will not be limited to Afghanistan or Iraq or Iran. They will come home to New Zealand with the soldiers. The depleted uranium dust will get into the atmosphere and spread around the globe, contaminating everything indiscriminately. Contamination with depleted uranium is a death sentence. American soldiers who had never seen battle because they were medics or support personnel have come back with DU contamination. From the first Iraq war veterans which were a little over 0.5 million troops, more than half of them are now on benefits, incapable of work and dying of radiation poisoning.
I have written a post on my blog that I hope you will read but I must warn you; the photos of what are known as DU babies are very graphic. These children are but a few of the monstrosities that were born in Afghanistan. Their DNA damaged by nano particles of radioactive waste resulted in horrific deformations. In Afghanistan alone more than 2000 tonnes of depleted uranium polluted with radioactive waste, the radioactive waste we were so scared about in the seventies and the eighties was used in the last seven years, added to that investigators have found huge amounts of residual enriched uranium in the Tora Bora area.
I urge you to investigate this for yourselves because I think it is inevitable that the Green party must bring the war in Afghanistan and the use of depleted uranium to the people and to Congress and the Green party must confront Helen Clark and Phil Goff on the issue of depleted uranium. The fact that Helen Clark and Phil Goff have seen fit to send more young men into this toxic illegal war makes them as far as I’m concerned complicit in the United States illegal wars for oil and should be sent to the Hague for crimes against humanity, because by now it must be evident that we’re not there to help the Afghanistan people but to help the United States in the destruction of the Middle East.
Because if we are there to help them than why do we stand by and let NATO and the United States army contaminate the two countries with DU while claiming they are there to free the Iraqis’ and the Afghans and to bring democracy to them.
I write this to you because as people with a conscience, who are in politics not for power but to make an honest difference in the way we treat our planet it should be unconscionable that we are working together with NATO and the United States army while they use depleted uranium which will kill civilians and combatants from both sides indiscriminately and for next 4.5 billion years.
Not to do so would make the Green party complicit in the biggest man made environmental disaster ever and the genocide of the Afghan people.
The Green party must also address the 300 ex military civilians which are currently stationed in Iraq.
In the first war in Iraq the United States military used 500 tonnes of depleted uranium, if you Google depleted uranium deformities or Iraq syndrome you will find that there is a huge problem in Iraq and with the US war veterans who start families of their own. The second war in Iraq to date has seen the use of another 2000 tonnes used in dense city centres and for carpet bombing this country in the bombing leading up to the second invasion.
There is no way Iraq or Afghanistan will ever be able to build up their countries again because they will not be able to have families without the constant fear of deformities in their offspring and cancers and other contamination illnesses. The American army has used DU in former Yugoslavia where it’s now beginning to show its effect, in the first Iraq war and in the second and in Afghanistan. They are intent on selling their toxic munitions and in fact most armies in the world already stock depleted uranium weapons and munitions, it is insanity, irrational and we have to fight it.
We are partaking in an illegal nuclear war of aggression in Afghanistan. And it has to stop.
These are some of the links I found to be very useful in completing the information in addition I have some links to videos, documentaries and all the scientists think of depleted uranium.
Sr Rosalie Bertell, PhD tells about what DU does in the body.
http://www.apfn.org/APFN/DU.htm The most complete site with a huge amount of information.
Documentary about DU and its effects. (Six part series)
This is what DU does to unborn children
And this is what a citizens tribunal thought of the use of DU in Afghanistan
Meet Doug Rokke
http://grassrootspeace.org/caldicottondu.html A speech by Helen Caldicott on DU
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5298434686358714125 A lecture by Helen Caldicott just to remind everybody again how truly vile Nuclear power is.
She even gives New Zealand a compliment for its stance against Nuclear Energy. Please don’t let her down.