Saturday, November 24, 2007

Burning semen: DU hysteria and skepticism

Via Sid Shniad's e-mail list (always a welcome sight in my Inbox):
Radioactive Ammunition Fired in Middle East May Claim More Lives Than Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by Sherman Ross.

So much ammunition containing depleted uranium(DU) has been fired, asserts nuclear authority Leuren Moret, “The genetic future of the Iraqi people for the most part, is destroyed.”

“More than ten times the amount of radiation released during atmospheric testing (of nuclear bombs) has been released from depleted uranium weaponry since 1991,” Moret writes, including radioactive ammunition fired by Israeli troops in Palestine. ...
Sound convincing? Hardly. Readers who want a good larf are encouraged to read the comments section of the above link, where the ostensibly respectable Leuren Moret herself weighs in and shows herself to be anything but respectable. She attacks one commenter on the thread, a Gulf War and Iraq War vet who himself was exposed to DU and who says he has no ill effects. Moret calls him an "obvious disinformation agent", apparently working for the "Zionist Anglo American Economic Empire". Further, she states that he is probably in denial about health effects of his DU exposure and she even muses that the man's wife could attest to his "burning semen" (I kid you not dear reader). The ex-soldier wisely asks Moret for scientific evidence for burning semen. Moret of course does not answer that request.

Reason, not hype
Readers interested in the rather surprising reality of DU and anti-DU activism can do no better than consult Dan Fahey. While, Fahey is generally called an "anti-DU activist" (and indeed this seems a good label), he is vary careful about evidence and very critical of fellow anti-DU activists like Moret.

A couple of Fahey articles:
Summary of DU test results for Iraq War Veterans (march 2006)
The emergence and Decline of the Debate Over Depleted Uranium Weapons (2004)
Science or Science Fiction? (2003)

1 comment:

Rhotel1 said...

Anyone who slams Leuren Moret is obviously a friend of mine - please, do write

Roger Helbig
rwhelbig at gee mail dot com