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Department Of Veterans Affairs – Over 73,000 US Gulf War Deaths

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October 4, 2010: Gary Vey / View Zone 2 – October 4, 2010

More Gulf War Veterans have died than Vietnam Veterans. This probably is news to you. But the truth has been hidden by a technicality. So here is the truth…

The casualties in the Vietnam War were pretty simple to understand. If a soldier was dead from his combat tour, he was a war casualty. There are 58,195 names recorded on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. Some of these brave men died in the jungles of Vietnam while others died in Medivac units or hospitals in Japan and America. A dead soldier can surrender his life anywhere in his service to his country. It really doesn’t matter where this happens. The location of a soldier’s death in no way colors his sacrifice to his country. But something odd has happened with the Iraq War.

The government, under the Bush administration, did something dishonest that resulted in a lie that’s persisted since the war began — and continues to this very day. They decided to report the war deaths in Iraq only if the soldier died with his boots on the ground in a combat situation. What’s the difference, you might ask?

The combat in Vietnam was in rural areas, far removed from medical treatment centers. Injured soldiers were treated by a Medic. Most died at the scene of the battle before they could be evacuated. Many died en route or were declared dead at the medical treatment facilities. The situation in Iraq is vastly different.

Fighting in Iraq is mainly in urban areas. Soldiers who are injured are quickly evacuated with armored personnel carriers or helicopters. It’s a much more efficient system than what was possible in Vietnam, but for those that are seriously injured it means that death is more likely to happen while they are in transit or at the treatment facility.

Under the new reporting system, deaths that happen en route or post evacuation are not counted as combat deaths. This is why the number seems unusually low — a little over four thousand as of 2009.

The actual figures have been hidden from the American public just like the returning, flag draped coffins were censored from the press. But the figures are now available and we can only hope that the American people will be outraged when they learn how they have been misled.

According to The Department of Veterans Affairs, as of May 2007, reports in the Gulf War Veterans Information System reveal these startling numbers:

Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
* Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
* Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999

The stastics for non-lethal injuries are likewise staggering:

Total “Undiagnosed Illness” (UDX) claims: 14,874
Total number of disability claims filed: 1,620,906
* Disability Claims amongst Deployed: 407,911
* Disability Claims amongst Non-Deployed: 1,212,995

Percentage of combat troops that filed Disability Claims: 36%

I know you probably will think this is another conspiracy theory — I did when I first heard about this — so please read the original report for yourself…

[Source: http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/GWVIS_May2007.pdf Note: Sometimes this link is not active so we have posted the pdf file on viewzone 393 kb.]

More Deaths and Misery to Follow…

More than 1,820 tons of radioactive nuclear waste (i.e. depleted uranium) were exploded in Iraq alone in the form of armor piercing rounds and bunker busters. This represents the worlds worst man made ecological disaster ever. 64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The US – Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima’s.

The nuclear waste the US has exploded in the Middle East will continue killing for hundreds of years! That’s how long these particles of radioactive dust will continue to blow around, get lodged in someone’s lungs or be ingested. Scientists calculate that there is now enough radioactive material in Iraq to wipe out a third of the world’s current population.

While we never found any WMDs (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Iraq, we sure made up for it by importing our own! Birth defects among Iraqi newborns are up a whopping 600% from before the war. The defects are typical of the kind produced by exposure to radioactive poisons. And these injuries are happening to the civilian population of Iraq — the people we were supposedly “liberating.”

This writer happened to visit Iraq back in 2001, at the time Saddam Hussein was still in power. The world’s nations were imposing an embargo on all imports in an attempt to punish the nation for invading the neighboring nation of Kuwait. I remember the good people of Iraq who treated me with kindness and hospitality — even while knowing I was an American.

Despite the embargo on such vital things as medicine and hospital supplies, the markets were thriving with local produce. Children freely played in the streets and there was laughter. To see what this war has done to Iraq is especially painful and speaks loudly of the immorality that has caused these innocent people to suffer. And now, to see that this same immorality extends to the American people in the form of deception and lies, crosses the line.

I live in a small town in New England. We have known of many casualties from Iraq — too many. Yet the numbers being reported in the media make it seem that this is a rare occurrence. Just over 4,000? How can this be? In short — it’s NOT.

What will it take to awaken people and make them angry enough to hold our government responsible for these lies? A democracy is only good if its people are well informed. How else can we make decisions about what’s best for us? If we are fed s*** and kept in the dark, we truly are a nation of mushrooms.

Before I end this I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the vets who put their country and its people before themselves. We are proud of you and believe that you put your lives on the line for something a little better than what we are currently experiencing with our government. Thanks to you we’re still a democracy. So it’s up to us, the people you fought for, to make your effort worthwhile.

What do you think about this? Do you care?

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I do care, and I’m not surprised at the grossly under reported number of casualties. However, these “wars” had, and have, no bearing on whether the US remains a “democracy,” which we are not… We are a Constitutional Republic! Nor is anything “a little better” as a consequence of these war crimes and crimes against humanity. Neither Viet Nam or Iraq ever posed a threat to the US, both were illegally invaded, while a number of troops had, and have, committed atrocious war crimes.

Concerning Iraq, over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have been murdered since the genocide began and now the US military suicide rate is at an all time high as a result of their consciences haunting their dreams, on top of the casualties from these continuing war crimes and the nuclear, biological and chemical holocaust that has been unleashed all in the name of “democracy.” So don’t give me the “we’re proud of our troops” shit… “THANKYOU” for what? Mass murder in the name of America?!

I will say this, that we have known for years that this was the new casualty “accounting” method being used by the government to artificially deflate the actual numbers. On the otherhand, 73,000 is nearly double what most had thought if indeed these numbers are correct, which in itself is a frightening statistic, considering they only account those up through May 2007. Either way, this is far worse than what is being reported by the corporate presstitutes who are covering up the truth for government murderers.

Not only do the American people need to awaken with outrage, but the US military needs to awaken and realize what the hell they’re actually doing to innocent human beings in the name of the transnational corporations and international bankers, and in turn, to themselves! Then, and only then, will these endless “wars” grind to a screeching halt, and those responsible held accountable for their crimes in the face of humanity! – SJH    

Link to original article below…

http://viewzone2.com/wardeaths.html

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