The Common Good
January-February 2000

Insult to Injury

by Ryan Beiler | January-February 2000

While the U.S. military has spent more than $30 million on its fortress-like base in Kosovo—complete with a Burger King—Kosovars themselves are left with a war-ravaged homeland...

While the U.S. military has spent more than $30 million on its fortress-like base in Kosovo—complete with a Burger King—Kosovars themselves are left with a war-ravaged homeland, including among other hazards radiation from depleted uranium (DU) ammunition used by NATO forces.

In Iraq, where armor-piercing DU shells were used extensively, doctors found an exponential increase in child cancers and birth defects. It has also been linked to the so-called "Gulf War Syndrome," as doctors have found high levels of DU in U.S. veterans’ urine even after eight years.

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