It is really amazing that after 25 years soon, there still hasn’t been presented a valid good explanation for the Gulf War syndrome. For a long time I’ve been thinking that maybe radiation exposure could be the principle cause of Gulf War illness? I wrote an article about this for exactly one year ago “Gulf War Illness – The Future for Dissatisfied Veterans?” I will continue to produce articles about this subject until a real explanation is presented. A friend of mine took his own life after the Gulf War he was totally changed, mentally and physically. This is why this topic is important to me. I want answers!
At the end of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, American troops returned home to a rousing welcome from a grateful public. But for many of these veterans, their war had just begun. Widespread incidents of memory loss, eyesight impairment and cancer were reported among the troops, and their offspring born after the conflict often presented with physical abnormalities and severely debilitating conditions like leukemia. The US authority’s say that this were the effects of some highly advanced form of post-traumatic stress syndrome? NO this just what THEY say. We demand to know what was really used! Gulf War Syndrome is what it always been, a lot of questions, but very few answers!
Shortly after the War ended, people who’d served in the Gulf began to visit Veterans Hospitals, complaining of a huge range of symptoms: Fatigue, unexplained pain in their joints and muscles, memory problems and cognitive impairment, malfunctioning digestive systems, and more. There wasn’t a clear pattern thou different soldiers reported different clusters of symptoms, and some of the soldiers who had symptoms had arrived in the Gulf after the fighting ended. So it made little or no sense.
The troubling answers to that mystery lay the foundation for Born at the Burnt Land, a thought-provoking exploration of the deadly unforeseen complications which linger long after a war has come to a close. In the case of the Gulf War, these complications weren’t limited to American troops. Many Iraqi citizens also experienced these symptoms as well, particularly those who resided closest to the regions of battle.
Thus, health investigators began an exhaustive search to uncover the possible culprits behind these mystifying illnesses and maladies. The single common denominator among the afflicted was an exposure to depleted uranium, a hazardous element used to create various destructive weapons of war. Essentially a waste product of the nuclear industry, depleted uranium is an inexpensive ingredient used in the construction of protective armor and projectile weaponry such as missiles and bullets. It also contains the most elevated toxicity level of all the elements, and burns at an alarmingly high temperature. When even the smallest amount of depleted uranium is absorbed within the body, its presence remains for an entire life span as it “attaches” itself to a person’s DNA and causes irreparable damage.
In spite of these findings, United States government and Iraqi Ministry of Health officials hesitate to confirm the harmful consequences associated with the use of depleted uranium. The film speculates that this defiant stance is motivated in large part by greed. After all, weapons manufacturing is big business, and the banning of depleted uranium could result in a significant loss of revenue. Relying on the expertise of assorted scientists and health officials, Born at the Burnt Land makes a compelling and harrowing argument for change, and successfully shows that the wounds of war can often resound for generations.