Magazine article New Internationalist

Depleted Uranium: From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

Depleted Uranium: From This Month's Editor

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'Well, you don't have the torn-off limbs for a start.' I'd asked a campaigner why depleted uranium hadn't achieved the same kind of public presence as the anti-landmines campaign and this was part of her reply. She was right, of course.

It was easier to make the case against landmines as indiscriminate weapons - they were blowing up all over the place and maiming civilians. No-one could deny their horrific impact. With the remnants of depleted uranium weapons it's often a much slower story of toxic and/or radioactive poisoning, the cause and effect less easy to demonstrate without recourse to technical complexities. And then there are the unknowns. Among them the biggie - that nobody fully knows what lies in store for future generations.

There are alarming signs from the ailments of people exposed to DU and from the bewildering disorders manifesting in some of their children. But they are chronically under-researched. …

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