- NATO kills with the cluster bombs as
- The broader public is mostly uninformed
about the fact that 30-millimetre ammunition fired by the GAU-8A gun mounted
on the American A-10 aircraft, contains depleted uranium and that it is
on the list of the ammunition which has been prohibited by the Geneva Convention,
as are cluster bombs, sources in the Konghill Laboratories in Great Britain
have stated on the basis of test results.
- The report published on the E-Groups
information exchange web-site emphasizes that "the development of
these radioactive arms is based on the fact that the molecular density
of depleted uranium (238) is much great than lead density (207), making
its kinetic energy sufficiently powerful to penetrate through tank armour
or concrete much deeper than the materials which have been used in the
manufacture of bullets up to now".
- The pointed bullet made from depleted
uranium in a plastic casing which significantly increases its penetrating
power, is also used in the manufacture of warheads for the "Tomahawk"
cruise missiles, which are used for the destruction of concrete facilities.
- The report by the British experts states
that the American military is aware of the fact that the radioactivity
of the 30-millimetre ammunition is almost identical to X-rays in the duration
of one hour, because the explosion of the ammunition creates uranium oxide
which is dispersed into particles the size of 0.5 to 5 microns, which,
if carried by the wind may be dispersed to areas hundreds of kilometres
away from the site.
- It has also been pointed out that the
life period of that substance is about one million years and that it cannot
be removed from the body, exposing to radiationn caused diseases and the
possibility of an early death not only the people who are shot by it, but
also the persons who handle that dangerous ammunition.
- According to the claims of the researches
in Konghill Laboratories, the use of this ammunition in Yugoslavia may
cause consequences similar to those caused by the Chernobil and Mile Island
nuclear power plant breakdowns. This means that NATO's actions could have
long-lasting consequences not only for this part of Europe but also for
the Alliance troops.
- After the war in Bosnia, during which
NATO also used depleted uranium ammunition in its attacks, there has been
a rise in the recorded number of cases of leukemia in the areas where A-10
aircraft had been involved.
- Since the "Gulf War", 80,000
American veterans have been suffering from a disease which has the same
symptoms as diseases caused by radiation.