Depleted Uranium: The Pentagon’s Dirty Secret

I just finished reading an article over at Wired News on the soldiers who are suffering horrendously after returning from Iraq due to their expossure to depleted uranium. Here’s a clip:

“Reed believes depleted uranium has contaminated him and his life. He now walks point in a vitriolic war over the Pentagon’s arsenal of it — thousands of shells and hundreds of tanks coated with the metal that is radioactive, chemically toxic, and nearly twice as dense as lead.

A shell coated with depleted uranium pierces a tank like a hot knife through butter, exploding on impact into a charring inferno. As tank armor, it repels artillery assaults. It also leaves behind a fine radioactive dust with a half-life of 4.5 billion years.”

It’s a crying shame to read about these men who entrusted themselves to our country and have been stabbed inthe back. First they were not warned about the dangers of depleted uranium before entering into combat. Then they were not informed of its presence in their bodies when they returned to the states in miserable condition.

I have not felt good about the war in Iraq. Now I’m horrified to hear how we’re coating our tanks and bombs in depleted uranium. Not only are we ruining the lives of thousands of civilians, we are also destroying our soldiers. Who is the real enemy here?