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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

"The dog did nothing in the night time"

A commenter in another thread expressed disbelief that a story as large as the one I posted about earlier involving Gulf War Syndrome and Depleted Uranium wasn't being covered by the corporate media. Well, it isn't, and that is mighty suspicious on its own.

This is from a 2003 CNN report:
About 209,000 Gulf War veterans have filed claims with the Veterans Administration, and 161,000 of them are receiving disability payments.
That puts the number on disability at 28%, which is a huge number. By comparison, the Viet Nam War had about 10% of the veterans going on disability. Wars prior to Viet Nam had about 5% (see next citation for source).

Here is a SFBayView.com article from one week ago:
“Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in GW1 (the first Gulf War), of them, 11,000 are now dead! By the year 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. This astounding number of ‘Disabled Vets’ means that a decade later, 56% of those soldiers who served have some form of permanent medical problems!” The disability rate for the wars of the last century was 5 percent; it was higher, 10 percent, in Viet Nam.

“The VA Secretary (Principi) was aware of this fact as far back as 2000,” wrote Bernklau. “He, and the Bush administration have been hiding these facts, but now, thanks to Moret’s report, (it) ... is far too big to hide or to cover up!”

So what is this "Moret's report"? You can find it here:
Nearly 700,000 American Gulf War Veterans returned to the US from a war that lasted just a few weeks. Today more than 240,000 of those soldiers are on permanent medical disability, and over 11,000 are dead. In a US Government study on post-Gulf War babies born to 251 veterans, 67 per cent of the babies were reported to have serious illnesses or serious birth defects. They were born without eyes, ears, had missing organs, fused fingers, thyroid or other malfunctions. Depleted uranium in the semen of the soldiers internally contaminated their wives. Severe birth defects have been reported in babies born to contaminated civilians in Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan and the incidence and severity of defects is increasing over time. Women in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq are afraid now to have babies, and when they do give birth, instead of asking if it is a girl or a boy, they ask ‘is it normal?’.

I could find no big media outlets writing about this at all. I find that more suspect than the story itself. Why isn't the media debunking it if it is untrue? See, much like my skeptical commenter, I can also apply common sense and come up with a conclusion that supports my personal views. But this is no Area 51 space aliens story. CNN is reporting an astonishing rate of disabilities for Gulf War vets and that should mean something. Then there's that Moret report. Something is up and the corporate media's silence is very loud.
posted by DBK at 6:52 AM |


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