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Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War’s Legacy Of Cancer
Transcript of Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War’s Legacy Of Cancer
The article is about the use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in the Iraqi war of 2003 and its effects on the population of Iraq.
According to the article there has been a sharp increase in cancer, leukemia, and birth defects because of the radioactive ammunition used during the war.
A study that was done in 1994 at Al Basrah Maternity hospital showed that the number of birth defects per 1000 live births was 1.37. In 2003 the numbers rose to 23 per 1000 live births.
The congenital birth defect rose seventeen-fold.this is not surprising however, considering the americans used 1100 to 2200 tons of armor piercing shells made of depleted uranium. This is way more than the 375 tons used in the 1994 Gulf War.
The reason why this type of ammunition is so popular despite its negative effect on the human body is because of its properties. Depleted Uranium is denser the lead, meaning that you need less of it to achieve the same penetration as a lead round.
Another feature is that Uranium sharpens itself as it penetrates thought armour, making it perfect for penetrating anti armor ammunition.
However Uranium has a dangerous negative “side effect”. When depleted Uranium ammunition vaporizes, it generates a dust which can be inhaled by a person.
Connection to Care for God creations
“The exposure risks to civilians from the use of DU in populated areas have been compounded by the US’s persistent refusal to release the data that could have helped facilitate the effective assessment and clearance work, providing that the Iraqi government had the capacity and finances to undertake it. Taken as a whole, these issues cast serious doubts over the legitimacy of the use of DU,” "Speaking on the rooftop of her house instead of her laboratory, Dr. Sundus Nsaif says the city has seen a “dramatic rise” in cancer and birth defects since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Nsaif said the alternative location was chosen because there is an active push by the government not to talk about the issue, perhaps in an effort not to embarrass coalition forces." The US’ refusal to release the data and the Iraqi government's active push not to address the issue is connected to number 3, a worldview affirming the need for global cooperation to achieve the common good while protecting ecological systems. This view states that real and strong efforts are needed by individuals, governments, and the international community to protect the environment and repair the damages already done. However no action is being taken because of the US’ stubbornness not to release the data that could help to facilitate the effective assessment and clearance work and the Iraqi government’s persistence not to talk about it, actions that could help Iraqi prevent its predicament from worsening
Connection to Care for God creations continued
The article as a whole connects to number 6, an option for the poor and valuable, which states that our society must make collective decisions that puts measures into place that raise people out of poverty,provide people with healthy living places and more green places and keep people safe from environmental hazards at their workplace i.e. ban on Asbestos because it causes cancer. The coalition forces’ use of depleted uranium ammunition in the Iraqi war is a violation of this because the depleted uranium in the ammunition caused a sharp increase in leukemia and birth defects in Iraq.Not only that, there are still an unknown amount of contaminated sites, and because of this kids are playing there and potentially inhaling the dust that may be hanging around. Also people are taking the spent weapons from those sites without knowing the hazard it poses to their health.In addition the depleted uranium weapons have an not just a physical effect but a psychological effect as well. As stated in the article the use of depleted uranium weapons may cause increased fear and anxiety which can cause all sorts of anxiety and stress related disorders to appear
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