Pause drum beat for war |

Pause drum beat for war

The Department of Defense funded a study by Duke University that found young adult male rats, exposed to just three of the many prophylactic treatment chemicals which Gulf War soldiers were given to protect against nerve gas and two potent insecticides, suffered significant damage to their testes, livers and brains. The rats’ sperm production also plunged, particularly when they were subjected to stressful situations. They were given chemicals to prevent harm that turned out to be harmful.

The study apparently did not even include the possible side effects from the troops having to take anywhere from 15 to 25 shots/inoculations at one time, or the depleted uranium bullets used in their weapons.

For those people who so eagerly urge another war with Iraq, this time clearly to be on the ground, I urge you to pause. The Pentagon, for years, denied the harmful effects suffered by Vietnam war veterans and the Gulf War veterans. The most likely scenario for Saddam Hussein to release biological/chemical weapons, if he has any, is if we attack him.

Richard Burton

Nevada City

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