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Gulf War Legacy
by Lee

We’ve all heard a lot about Gulf War Syndrome.  Usually it’s drug out by opponents of any military action, and while there is no doubt that there is something going on, there’s never been any real scientific explanation.  But there’s been an intriguing development using two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science.

For the first time, a study has found an increase in brain cancer deaths among Gulf War veterans who potentially were exposed to the nerve agent sarin by the destruction of Iraqi weapons in 1991.
About 100,000 of the 350,000 Army soldiers in the Persian Gulf may have been exposed to sarin and other chemical weapons after soldiers blew up two large ammunition caches in Khamisiyah, Iraq, in March 1991, according to a study commissioned by the military and performed by the Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health policy.

At the time, the military didn’t believe the Iraqi rockets that were destroyed contained any chemical weapons, and no one showed signs of chemical warfare exposure, says Michael Kilpatrick, deputy director for the Deployment Health Support Directorate in the Department of Defense.

Later, however, United Nations inspectors found that some of the weapons contained sarin, a nerve agent that can cause convulsions and death. The military has since contacted about 300,000 veterans to let them know whether they may have been exposed.

Soldiers in the “hazard area” — a region that includes anywhere that winds might have carried chemical weapons — were about twice as likely as those outside it to die from brain cancer, according to the new article, published in the American Journal of Public Health.

So, how bad is it for those exposed?

Among unexposed soldiers, researchers found a brain cancer death rate of 12 deaths per 100,000 people between 1991 and 2000, says William Page, director of the study. Over the same period, researchers found 25 brain cancer deaths per 100,000 veterans who were exposed.

“It’s a doubling of risk, but it’s still a pretty small risk,” says Page, a senior program officer at the IOM.

So, it doesn’t go all the way towards providing an explanation, but it does show that there may indeed be some kind of physiological cause.

Posted by Lee on 07/28/05 at 12:41 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by sneaky_pete on 07/28/05 at 02:02 PM from United States

two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science

ouch!

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 02:23 PM from United States

The military has since contacted about 300,000 veterans to let them know whether they may have been exposed.

I guess somebody in the military didn’t get the memo about the big cover-up.

Posted by Left Coast Aaron on 07/28/05 at 02:41 PM from United States

Can’t be true!

Saddam never even had chemical weapons!!

The CIA planted them and the soldiers are suffering now!!!

BUSH = HITLER!!!!

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 04:24 PM from United States

two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science.

This leftist?

Or maybe this one.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 04:27 PM from United States

Or perhaps this one.

Posted by Lee on 07/28/05 at 04:33 PM from United States

Leslie, you frothing moonbat ignoramus, I was talking about GULF WAR SYNDROME.  Slow down, read the post, and chill the fuck out.  You won’t find anyone more against creationism than me, sweet tits.

Posted by Drumwaster on 07/28/05 at 04:35 PM from United States

two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science.

No, these guys, these guys, not to mention these guys. Oh, and let’s not forget these asshats.

You could also try any mirror.

Posted by Drumwaster on 07/28/05 at 04:36 PM from United States

Leslie, you frothing moonbat ignoramus,

Bwahahahahahaha…

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 05:19 PM from United States

Yes, I can read.  But your statement that “two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science” sure sounds like a blanket condemnation, not one specifically aided at GWS.  If you actually were saying “two things that the left usually ignores when discussing Gulf War Syndome, and only when discussing Gulf War Syndrome, facts and science...”, my apologies.  But I don’t believe you were.

Posted by Lee on 07/28/05 at 05:26 PM from United States

But I don’t believe you were.

Yes, that’s it, Leslie.  It was a stealthy dig on my part.  If there’s one thing that this blog shows, it’s that I’m afraid to actually call the left what it is: a bunch of overemotional, guilt-ridden, self-loathing morons whose political ideology can be reduced down to the common denominator of wanting to prove their own sense of inherent superiority over the rest of humanity.

See, I would never say something like that.  You caught me.  I tried to sneak one in and your superior intellect caught it.

How proud you must feel.

Idiot.

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 05:29 PM from United States

Wasn’t it Dennis Kucinich who wanted to ban “mind control” weapons from space?

Posted by on 07/28/05 at 05:44 PM from United States

How can you get brain cancer from being exposed to something that didn’t exist, such as chemical weapon??

Posted by sneaky_pete on 07/28/05 at 05:57 PM from United States

two things that the left usually ignores, facts and science

It’s just humor!  When I visit left-leaning blogs I ignore the silly blanket statements (like the one above) because I know that they’re not an important part of any intelligent argument.  They’re garnish.  If Lee just posted the facts without sprinkling his delightful personality into the mix, this would be a pretty dull blog.  Still informative, but not as exciting.

So when I say “liberals don’t wear deodorant and they smell, also, it is good that the Muslims issued a fatwa against terrorism” you can’t come back with “I’m a liberal who wears deodorant, therefore the Muslims are forsaking their heritage and giving in to right wing oppression.” It doesn’t follow.

Maybe that’s not what you’re doing here, but Lee makes a good point when he says you ought to criticize his political views before his jokes.

Posted by www.deadissue.com on 07/29/05 at 01:45 AM from United States

Autism - - - that’s the big story.  I always thought some of the nasty shit he still had on the shelf was set off during that war.  Effects were subtle due to the stuff having already expired.

Posted by on 08/02/05 at 04:27 PM from United States

About 100,000 of the 350,000 Army soldiers in the Persian Gulf may have been exposed to sarin and other chemical weapons after soldiers blew up two large ammunition caches in Khamisiyah, Iraq, in March 1991,

Soldiers in the “hazard area” — a region that includes anywhere that winds might have carried chemical weapons — were about twice as likely as those outside it to die from brain cancer

Among unexposed soldiers, researchers found a brain cancer death rate of 12 deaths per 100,000 people between 1991 and 2000, says William Page, director of the study. Over the same period, researchers found 25 brain cancer deaths per 100,000 veterans who were exposed.

What is the incidence of brain cancer among Iraqis in the same region?  Shouldn’t that be equally higher?

Posted by on 08/03/05 at 02:43 AM from United States

And that asshole Saddam didnt have any weapons of mass destruction..what a crock of shit.  ITS IN SYRIA and IRAN!!!!  Nooooooo! he would never do any of that or this, but he gassed his own people, Ugggghhhh, (could go on and on)

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