Toxic Shock-and-Awe: The Poisoned Roots and Poisoned Fruits of War

Public Meeting: Buswells Hotel, Tuesday 4 May 2010, 7.30pm.

Former Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey, who entered Iraq as part of the initial invasion force in March 2003, and Doug Weir of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons will speak at a public meeting organised by Afri in Dublin on Tuesday, May 4th at 7.30pm.

Many years after Depleted Uranium weapons were first used in Iraq their affects continue to be felt as many areas remain radioactive toxic wastelands. Incidences of cancer and birth defects have dramatically increased in Iraq and in other regions where these weapons have been used. The need for an effective ban on their use and to clean up the mess they’ve left in many parts of the world is ever more urgent.

Afri is a member organisation of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons and urges the Irish Government to support the Belgian Government’s lead and to work towards completion of legislation to ban these devastating weapons. In 2007 Belgium became the first country in the world to ban all conventional weapons containing uranium. Support for a worldwide ban is increasing. In May 2008, 94% of MEP’s in the European Parliament strengthened previous calls for a moratorium by calling for a DU ban treaty in a wide ranging resolution.

Jimmy Massey will speak about his journey from gung-ho soldier to outspoken opponent of war and also of his direct experience of DU weapons in Iraq. Doug Weir will outline progress on the campaign to ban uranium weapons and what needs to be done by countries, including Ireland to make such a ban a reality.

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