Review by: TOM CAHILL
August 30, 2005
America’s ship-of-state is sinking, torpedoed by the totally fraudulent and
murderous war in Iraq.
And a second torpedo is about to strike the foundering vessel. When the
full impact of the use of uranium munitions by US forces in Iraq reaches
the public, this just might finish off the American Empire. And Democrats
as well as Republicans are responsible. With such a major war crime in
progress uncovered and with the economy teeter-tottering, what could follow
is an economic collapse that could make the Great Depression of the 1930s
seem like a mere, temporary “market adjustment.”
If Cindy Sheehan has an “accident” or is “suicided,” it wouldn’t even slow
Washington’s demise. The Gold Star mother has already awakened enough
Americans and given them a transfusion of enough courage to think and speak
out louder and more clearly about the outrage that is the war on Iraq. The
Armageddon that Christian fundamentalists seem to want so badly may come in
a slightly different form but it’s on the way. You can bank on it.
The second “torpedo” running straight and true at the ship-of-state may be
a film produced by the American Gulf War Veterans Association.
It is a powerful expose of the absolute criminal insanity of the United States
military/industrial complex--not just during the Bush regime but going all the
way back to the Truman Administration. The film is an example of the highest
and best use of communications technology and is also a tremendous blow to
the credibility of the corporate media which has forever been the Ministry of
Propaganda for the US government.
In a nutshell, America’s brilliant leaders long ago discovered radioactive
waste from nuclear power plants can be used to harden steel. Since then
they have been using it in munitions as well as armor claiming the finished
product is only “slightly” radioactive.
“I grant ‘slightly,’ imagine having your head stuffed into a microwave and
set on ‘slightly’…forever,” writes Dennis Kyne in his book “Support The
Truth” (www.DennisKyne.com). Sgt. Kyne was a medic during Dessert
Storm. He is now one “slightly” radioactive and greatly pissed-off combat vet.
I made the mistake of watching “Beyond Treason” early one recent
morning. As a military veteran, a father and a grandfather, I was so
appalled by the horrors depicted that I was deeply depressed the rest of the
day and went to bed with a sense of dread and hopelessness. But as an activist
for more than four decades, I’ve had to become resilient. And having been
already acquainted with much of the information presented in the film, I awoke
next morning in a fury of righteous indignation. Since 1968, I have felt thoroughly
betrayed by the US government. Now I’m so enraged, I feel like an enemy alien
in my own country. I want to help bring down the US government even if it’s on
my own head. And, indeed, the collapse probably will do in many of us, one
way or another.
“Beware lest you become what you fight,” warn Buddhists. America fought
the Nazis in WW II and now we have become them. The use of uranium
munitions by US forces in Iraq may be a greater crime against humanity than
the Holocaust. Far, far greater! America now is the world’s most Evil
Empire. Got that, Ronnie Reagan!
I’ve known about uranium munitions for years but all this time I thought
those of us like Dr. Doug Rokke, Leuren Moret and Dennis Kyne just might be
exaggerating the menace. But no, we were right all along. “Beyond
Treason” offers irrefutable proof the US has waged nuclear warfare against
Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan and our own troops as well. In his book, Kyne
writes, “My claim is this: Depleted Uranium is a Nuclear Weapon.”
What affected me most is the way the information was so skillfully presented
and--most of all--the color stills of horribly deformed babies born to American
veterans of Desert Storm 1991. They are all victims of the so-called “depleted”
uranium or “DU,” an obscene term coined by some very sick spin doctor deep
in the putrid bowels of the Pentagon.
While in Iraq as a human shield during the US-led invasion in 2003, I
visited hospitals in Baghdad and Basra and saw children dying before my
eyes. Hospital staff wouldn’t let us see the worst deformed children but
showed us photos. Those images of Iraqi babies now reinforced by the
photos presented in “Beyond Treason” of American infants will remain with
me the rest of my life.
For more than a decade, many Americans have known about--even via the
corporate media--the danger of uranium munitions. On Feb. 22, 1994, NBC
Dateline aired “Deadly Fire” and showed, among other American casualties of
Desert Storm, Darryl Clark and his daughter, Kennedy. If still alive
today, Kennedy would be 13 and probably having a difficult time living with
the purple welts on her face and body, not to mention internal physical
problems including no thyroid.
A photo of Paul Hanson in uniform with beret holding his armless son,
Jayce illustrates the cover story for the Nov. 1, 1995 issue of “Life” with
the headline, “The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm. Has our country ABANDONED
If you have read this far and are still not moved to action, you need to
see some stats and facts.
* Desert Storm 1991 lasted little over four days and less than 150
Americans were killed in action. It was touted by the Pentagon as the
“greatest military victory in US history.”
* Since 1991, between ten thousand (10,000) and fifteen thousand (15,000)
American veterans of that battle have died from the “depleted” uranium used
to harden the steel in munitions and armor.
* Almost a half million (425,000) Desert Storm 1991 vets are chronically
ill and dying from what US Army doctors call a “mystery disease” or “Gulf
War Syndrome” which in reality is sickness primarily from radiation.
* More than two hundred thousand (209,100) Desert Storm 1991 veterans of
the above listed half million are already receiving disability benefits
from the Department of Veterans Affairs. This is one of the hidden costs of
the war covered up by the Department of Defense. Already the Iraq War is
the fourth most financially costly (in 2005 dollars) conflict in US
history, more expensive than WW I.
* The tons of uranium waste from US nuclear power plants used in uranium
munitions and armor, still being used in Iraq during the occupation today,
is the equivalent of almost a half million (400,000) atom bombs dropped on
Nagasaki in 1945, according to Leuren Moret, a scientist and leading
whistleblower on uranium munitions. It seems Dr. Stranglove is alive and
well spreading his madness in America’s ruling class.
* Sandstorms are blowing the fine uranium dust all over the Mid East
including Israel. If it gets into the jet stream, why couldn’t it spread
all over the world like after Chernobyl blew up in 1986?
* I was in Iraq only six weeks and tested positive for radiation when I
returned home. At the very least, cancer is knocking at my door. Imagine
what the American soldiers in Iraq for six months and longer will have to
deal with. In the near future casualties of Gulf War 2003 and the
occupation could dwarf those of Desert Storm and could be a third torpedo
if the second one doesn’t finally sink the country.
Knowledgeable about DU and responding to an earlier draft of this
review, a friend e-mailed me, “If my assessment is correct, the use of
uranium munitions is a bigger problem than the war itself.” I replied that
if anything his “assessment” might be an understatement. We are talking
about billions of years that the radioactive dust will be working its
misery on the people of Bosnia, Afghanistan and especially Iraq.
I would have liked to have been Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey for
just one moment. Had I her soapbox at Crawford, I would have yelled out
past the gate toward Bush’s ranch home using language similar to her’s,
“YOU MURDERING BASTARD. YOU’RE NUKING OUR OWN TROOPS AS WELL AS THE IRAQIS.”
But it’s not just George Bush and his close cohorts who should be
indicted by some court they don’t already own or intimidate.
Dwight Eisenhower, former commanding general of US Army Forces in Europe in
WW II, in his farewell address as president of the USA in January 1961,
warned of the threat of the “military/industrial complex.” He even coined
the term, a euphemism for fascism which in turn is a coalition of high
ranking government officials, top military officers and CEOs of big
Pres. John Kennedy took Pres. Eisenhower’s warning seriously, and was
assassinated, many of us believe, because JFK tried to control and downsize
the “complex” which includes the vast US intelligence community of which
the CIA and FBI are only mid-sized agencies.
For decades rubber stamp for “the complex” has been the US Senate
Committee on Armed Services? Among the illustrious Republican senators are
John McCain of Arizona and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. Among the
Democrats are those star “liberals” (as the far Right calls them) Edward
Kennedy of Massachusetts and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
It was Sen. Clinton--already campaigning for president 2008--who just a
month ago suggested the US should send 100,000 more troops to Iraq. This
was of course shortly before Cindy Sheehan cornered the master of the
universe like a rat in his own home in Crawford, Texas. I couldn’t find an
e-mail address on the web site of the Senate Armed Service Committee, but
here is the committee’s postal address:
U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services
228 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC, 20510
Please don’t let me be the only one to drop the Senators a fan
letter. If you’ve seen “Beyond Treason” and trust it’s sources,
demand--don’t request--that the senators see the film too. After all,
aren’t they servants of the people? The film is available free to
veterans (DD 214 necessary) and $25 for others from the web site mentioned
American Gulf War Veterans Association
PO Box 85
Versailles, MA 65084
Every American should be forced to see “Beyond Treason” as German civilians
were forced, by order of then Gen. Eisenhower, to visit the Nazi death
camps immediately after liberation in 1945. Justice would be further
served if the Americans responsible for the use of uranium munitions were
tried for war crimes in the very same court in Nurenberg, Germany, in
which Herman Goring and other Nazi bigwigs were judged. This should include
former commanders-in-chief George H. W. Bush and William Clinton.
The essayist served in US Air Force intelligence in Germany in the
Fifties. He has been an activist for peace, justice and the environment
most of his adult life. A few months after returning from Iraq in 2003, he
witnessed (along with Sen. Kennedy and others) Pres. Bush sign into law the
Prison Rape Elimination Act. Memos from his FBI files indicate it may have
been COINTELPRO that set him up to be beaten, gang-raped and otherwise
tortured while jailed for civil disobedience because of his “anti-Vietnam
(war) activities.” Recently he was nominated for the Agape Foundation
Peace Prize for 2005. He is a member of Stop Prisoner Rape, Veterans For
Peace, and other progressive organizations.