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Thursday, October 28, 2004

How Depleted Uranium Restores Democracy - Or Perhaps Not

Socialistic mismanagement and ineptitude, from health care to gun control to the drug war, is often chalked up to the "law of unintended consequences." But that's just a polite way of saying "horror" or as my conscientious friend from Australia, Greg Fisher, puts it: "Jimbo, check this out with a bucket handy for your puke."

The "Just War" theory is now only that - theoretical. Paul Likoudis reports:

During a presidential campaign where abortion at home and the American military occupation of Iraq are pivotal issues before the electorate, there ought to be a serious public discussion on the morality of weapons used in Iraq.
"This is such a serious issue," said Dr. John Hittinger, a professor of philosophy at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and a nationally recognized expert on moral issues related to the military and warfare.
In a recent telephone interview, The Wanderer asked Dr. Hittinger, who previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy, if the use of depleted uranium in Iraq (as well as in Bosnia and Afghanistan) constituted a war crime and genocide.
He was reluctant to say it was, explaining that to meet the definition of genocide in international law, one has to establish a "deliberate and systematic intent to eliminate a people."
But, he added, "I don’t say that to clear our conscience. We can’t hide behind the doctrine of double-effect, or legalisms, and we need to face squarely the indiscriminate effect on Iraqi civilians.
"This has the beginnings of a genocidal effect, so serious questions need to be raised. Although this is not a deliberate, direct, planned attack on the unborn of Iraq, it is such a serious matter because we are attacking the sources of life in Iraqi men and women. There is a potential here for a genocidal effect."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:33 PM PST

    Of course it's genocide. The DOD knows the effects of depleted uranium on the unborn and the slow death that it brings the men and women of Iraq. Although, I can not present documentation for my belief, I think that the actions of the President in seeking exemptions for American troops and officials from international courts speaks volumes. These exemptions were sought before we pursued the war against the Taliban or the Baath.