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Gulf War Illness: the Sequel
(Irving Hall, VHeadline.com, 1 May 2006)
Bush's impending, insane nuclear attack on Iran has provoked an unprecedented rebellion within the top leadership of the United States military. At the same time, depleted uranium (DU) is steadily taking down our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's time for the soldiers to follow the lead of their commanders in order to end the war. . . . Was Army Sergeant Michael Lee Tosto the first American victim of the Bush administration's March 2003 "Shock and Awe" attack on Iraq? . . . The 24-year old North Carolina tank operator died "mysteriously" in Baghdad on June 17, 2003. . . . The Iraqi capital was saturated with radioactive dust from the initial explosions of 1,500 American bombs and missiles, many of them made from solid depleted uranium. After the saturation bombing, the city was the scene of street battles with M-1 Abrams tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, A-10 Warthog attack jets and Apache helicopters, all firing DU munitions. . . . The army told Sergeant Tosto's family that he died from pulmonary edema and pericardial effusion, or cardiac failure, after showing flu-like symptoms. . . . Young Michael Tosto believed George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. He believed he had been deployed to Iraq to stop Saddam Hussein from nuking the United States. Michael died before we all learned that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld are nuking the world. . . . Michael Tosto died, young and innocent, when they nuked him. . . . "Michael did not have heart problems. One other time they asked me if he had asthma. He was never sick." . . . Inhaling depleted uranium causes pulmonary edema ... symptoms include bleeding lungs, bronchial pneumonia, and vomited blood. Pericardial effusion is a common cause of death among leukemia patients. Michael's mother, Janet Tosto, reported that military officials told her that her son Michaelís military autopsy exhibited elevated levels of white blood cells. Exposure to depleted uranium can cause Lymphocytic leukemia. . . . Tom Flocco consulted Dr. Garth Nicolson of the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, California who said "just one microscopic particle -- let alone thousands -- trapped in a soldier's pulmonary system for one year can result in 272 times the annual whole body radiation dose permitted US radiation workers." . . . * We are witnessing the same symptoms of radioactive poisoning today as fifteen years ago. We are hearing the same denial of reality from Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defense (DoD). . . . The government spokesman in Michael's death claimed, "We donít think depleted uranium has anything to do with it." . . . After the publication of "Depleted Uranium For Dummies" last month, a reader emailed me with a demand. "You claim that half million soldiers are sick because of the tons of depleted uranium used in 1991. I'd like to hear the government's side of the story." . . . Well, the Department of Defense's estimate, as you might expect, is lower. Much lower. According to the Pentagon, depleted uranium hasn't caused even one GI's illness or a single veteran's death. [COMMENT by Lorenzo: I lost a lot of my friends to Agent Orange that was used in Viet Nam. The screwheads in Washington told us the same thing back then, they said it wasn't the chemicals, just some mysterious disease that killed them. When will our loyal troops wake up to the fact that the Bush Crime Family is lying to them?] . . . If you still believe that the Bush administration doesn't lie to its citizens or Rumsfeld's Department of Defense doesn't lie to the troops, please click to another website ... I don't want to be the first to break the news to you. . . . Soon you might begin to doubt Condoleezza Rice's warning about Saddam Hussein's imminent nuclear attack on America or Dick Cheney's claim that Hussein was responsible for taking down the Twin Towers. You might question why on 9/11 acting Commander-in-Chief Dick Cheney couldnít find one available US fighter jet to send aloft during the hour that, allegedly, nineteen Saudis and Egyptians with box-cutters were crisscrossing the East Coast in hijacked commercial airliners! . . . These are the stories Sergeant Tosto took to his grave. But no one ever told him that the depleted uranium munitions packed into his tank could kill him. . . . That's right. As far as the Department of Defense is concerned, depleted uranium is "40% less radioactive than natural uranium," is "not a serious external radiation hazard," and thus is not considered dangerous . . . [Please click the link above for the full story, which includes other accounts of U.S. troops being killed, slowly, by their own weapons.]

posted by Lorenzo 5:06 AM

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