1. Hiroshima, August 6, 1945: 45,000 persons out of total population
of 250,000 died the same day and 19,000 more within next four months
due to severe radiation burns and other complications. 90 % of the city
2. Nagasaki, August 8, 1945: 22,000 died the first day, and 17,000 within
next four months.
3. Many more people have died of long term effects (Cancer, etc) since
that time till today, and many thousands are still being monitored.
Approximately 103,000 people died by dropping not one bomb but two to
gain total dominance over the Japanese people.
4. During the Persian Gulf war approximately 600 bombs, rockets and
artillery shells fired daily failed to exploded. Between 1.6 and 1.8
million pieces of unexploded ammunitions are alleged still to lie in
5. Some 40 tonnes of Depleted Uranium remain with a potentially harmful
(cancer, tumors and others) effects of this Uranium if it it gets into
the food chain or water table.
6. Impact on Environment due to Depleted Uranium debris: The radiation
dose delivered to infants and children under fifteen years of age represented
70% of the total dose delivered to the general population. Calculations
showed that in areas covered by the study an estimated 845,000 tons
of edible wild plant were contaminated with radioactive materials and
31% of the animal resources in the are were exposed to radioactive contaminants.
7. Incidence of Cancer: Cancer diseases were recorded in four hospitals
from August 1989 to March 1990, and later from August 1997 March 1998.The
frequency of cancer cases increased five times., with lung, leukemia,
breast, skin, lymphoma, and liver cancer diseases being prevalent. The
study revealed that solid tumors were more frequent.
It's important to note that before the war the prevalence of cancer
diseases was, in decreasing order of frequency: ling, lymphoma, larynx,
leukemia, and breast. After the war in 1997-98 the order became: lung,
lymphoma, breast, larynx, skin, and leukemia. A sharp increase is reported
in the incidence of most of these types of cancer diseases: lung (five-fold),
lymphoma (four-fold), breast (six-fold), larynx (four-fold) and skin
(eleven-fold). Among the less prevalent cancer diseases, the increase
is even sharper: uterus (nearly ten-fold), colon (six-fold), hyper-nephroma
(seven-fold) malignant myeloma (sixteen-fold), liver (eleven-fold),
ovaries (sixteen-fold). peri-anal tumor (twenty-fold).
8. Iraqi War Veterans:A sample of 1425 Iraqi Military personnel was
selected who participated in the war, for study from 1991-97, and age
group 19-50. Results: overall increase in cancer, especially lymphomas,
leukemia, lung, bone, brain, gastro-intestinal and liver. The increase
reached a maximum in 1996 and the majority of the cases -- averaging
84% for the period 1993-97 as calculated from a papers given by M. M.
Saleh, A.J. Meqwer, M. M. Al-Jebouri, I. A. Al-Ani, and S.A. Jumaili
(see references). The pattern among those exposed to Depleted Uranium
is: lymphoma (30%), leukemia (23%), lung (15%), brain (11%), gastro-intestinal
(5%), testicular and bone (4$ each), pancreatic (3%), liver and salivary
gland (2% each). Among those not exposed the pattern is: lung (25%),
gastrointestinal (20%), leukemia (14%), liver (10%), bone (9%), and
The percentange of still births, congenital anomalies, and secondary
infertility in families of military participants exposed to Depleted
Uranium are 1.9, 5.2, and 5.7, respectively.
9. It is a well known fact that the invading foreign armies deliberately
pollutted/poisoned the water supplies of Iraq to punish the coming generations.
( See article on Web through Google).
1. Ashraf El=Bayouni, and Proceedings of the International Symposium
on the Use of Depleted Uranium and its Impact on Man and Environment
in Iraq," held on December 2-3, 1998, in Baghdad. Ashraf El-Bayouni
headed the Observation Unit of the World Food Program (WFP) between
March 1997 and May 1998. WFP is the UN agency responsible for food distribution
and observation as part of the Oil For Food Program in Iraq.
2. IAC Staff/Contributors, "Depleted Uranium - Metal of Dishonor:
How the Pentagon Radiates Soldiers & Civilians with DU Weapons,"
International Action Center, New York, NY 1999. (This book also discusses
the use of DU weapons in Bosnia and Kosovo, and the ill effects on NATO
Forces and local population,. Use Google to search for this information
on the Web).
3. Dan Kurzman, "DAY OF THE BOMB: Countdown to Hiroshima,"
McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, NY 1986 (PBK).
4. Peter Wyden, " DAY ONE: Before Hiroshima and After," Warner
Books, New York, NY 1985 (PBK).
5. Ernest Sternglass, "SECRET FALLOUT: Low Level Radiation From
Hiroshima to Three-Mile Island," McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York,
NY 1981. ( Introduction by George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Physiology
& Medicine, and Professor of Biology at Harvard University).
NOTE: According to Mordechai Vanunu (an Israeli nuclear technician who
blew the whistle), Israel is believed to have more than 300 Nuclear
bombs that pose even a greater threat to entire Middle East and its
surrounding countries, but no one in the West ever considers it as a
major threat to mankind. (See the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists www.thebulletin.org,
and Federation of American Scientists www.fas.org websites to gain better
insight about who has how many nukes).
Bashir A. Syed
Member: Union of Concerned Scientists, APS, AAPT, IEEE (NSRE & NPPS),
ASES, New York Academy of Sciences, and APSENA.