Discounted Casualties:The Human Cost of Depleted Uranium, Part 1

by Akira Tashiro, Senior Staff Writer

“Discounted Casualties: The Human Cost of Depleted Uranium,” a series of feature articles which appeared in the Chugoku Shimbun in 2000, is an in-depth investigation compiled from on-site coverage in the U.S., the U.K., Iraq, and other countries. The significance of this report, given the fact that depleted uranium is still being used in warfare, makes it just as timely for the world today.

Part 1: On the Wrong Side of a Superpower (U.S.)

<1> Friendly fire - Body full of shrapnel and bone cancer

<2> Battlefield tour - No mention of contamination

<3>Secondary contamination - Wife harmed through intercourse

<4> A delayed casualty - Suicide after 8 years of pain

<5>A 27-minute life - Son born with congenital defect

<6>Army Nurse - Immunity lost at front

<7> Educational video Suppressed - Military fears public reaction

<8> Laws for veterans - Inadequate treatment and compensation

<9>Defense Department - No connection to disease

<10>Lobbying activities - Seeking causes and compensation

Special Report: Depleted Uranium Penetrators A proliferating "conventional weapon"