# No reproductive or developmental effects have been reported in humans.
# Although uranium released from embedded fragments may accumulate in the central nervous system (CNS) tissue, and some animal and human studies are suggestive of effects on CNS function, it is difficult to draw firm conclusions from the few studies reported.
Hitherto the Iraqi government has been loath to respond to complaints from civilians about damage to their health during military operations.
Researchers were initially regarded with some suspicion by locals, particularly after a Baghdad television station broadcast a report saying a survey was being carried out by terrorists and anybody conducting it or answering questions would be arrested.
I think the Fallujah assault was a crime on the level of the firebombing of Dresden.
"When you order elements of a Marine division to attack a city, you really need to understand what the consequences of that are going to be and not perhaps vacillate in the middle of something like that," [Marine Lt. Gen. James T. Conway] said.
The provision of chemical precursors from United States companies to Iraq was enabled by a Ronald Reagan administration policy that removed Iraq from the State Department's list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.
Wild unfounded speculation: might Saddam's regime and 'Chemical Ali' have been secretly storing chemical/biological weapon stuff within Fallujah that America's 'Shock and Awe' bombing could have opened up and exposed the population to?
What are the chemotoxicity dangers? Uranium is a heavy metal like a number of others (lead, cadmium etc.) and 1mg is dangerous for kidney function. But to get 1mg U to the kidney 50mg would have to be inhaled, an amount not likely to be taken up by anyone other than an unfortunate crew member of a stricken tank. In any case the description of 'Gulf War Syndrome' illnesses does not include kidney-related complaints.
clarknova wrote: "But it's a fantastic way for GE, the biggest nuclear reactor builder in the US, to get rid of some waste. They make reactors. They produce uranium fuel. They repackage the depleted fuel as munitions."
telstar wrote: "Using radioactive waste as weaponry"
odinsdream wrote: "Radiation from a cell phone is not the same thing as radiation from uranium."
Aquaman wrote: "Wait, you mean salting the earth with poisonous, radioactive dust is bad?."
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