The UK has a novel way to help Ukraine in their lost cause to retain Crimea and the Donbas from Russia. Get ready for this: depleted uranium shells. These ‘tank killers’ will be provided along with the Brits’ Challenger 2 tanks.
Problem is these tank killers are also Ukrainian people killers. Because these armor piercing shells contain radioactive depleted uranium, their use causes birth defects and cancer. Just ask the Iraqis who are still suffering high levels of both 20 years after their grotesque use by Uncle Sam in Iraq. British deputy defense minister Annabel Goldie poo-pooed the worry about killing civilians saying, “Such rounds are highly effective defeating tanks and armored vehicles”. Goldie, however, is not likely to ever visit Ukraine after the war. Wouldn’t be prudent with all that British depleted Uranium lying around.
Not to be outdone by the Brits, four US senators are requesting President Biden send Ukraine cluster bombs, banned by over 100 countries under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. We have 3 million available. They’re not worried about thousands of unexploded bomblets blowing up unsuspecting Ukrainian kids decades down the road. But like with Annabel Goldie, If we do send them, guess those senators won’t be taking their little grandkids for a nature walk in Ukraine after the war. That shiny piece of metal they pick up to inspect may be the last thing they ever do.
With Ukraine nearing collapse, the failure to pursue a negotiated settlement is extending unnecessary death and suffering. Adding depleted uranium and cluster bombs will only make the death and suffering worse.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.