A Forgotten Health Crisis

Health care may headline the national agenda in all but one area: the health crisis of Vieques. From 1941-2003, the United States Navy used the island of Vieques as a bombing range for test military exercises. Now, sixty-two years of exposure to napalm, depleted uranium, and agent orange leaves an alarming toxic health legacy for the Vieques people, 9000 United States citizens.

 

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A Forgotten Health Crisis

Health care may headline the national agenda in all but one area: the health crisis of Vieques. From 1941-2003, the United States Navy used the island of Vieques as a bombing range for test military exercises. Now, sixty-two years of exposure to napalm, depleted uranium, and agent orange leaves an alarming toxic health legacy for the Vieques people, 9000 United States citizens.

 

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A Forgotten Health Crisis

Health care may headline the national agenda in all but one area: the health crisis of Vieques. From 1941-2003, the United States Navy used the island of Vieques as a bombing range for test military exercises. Now, sixty-two years of exposure to napalm, depleted uranium, and agent orange leaves an alarming toxic health legacy for the Vieques people, 9000 United States citizens.

 

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TIME Magazine Story Highlights Moral Crisis in Vieques

By: Eric Sapp

What would you do if you found out that people in your neighborhood had a 30% higher cancer rate, 25% higher infant mortality rate, and 95% higher cirrhosis of the liver rate than the surrounding area?  Then you found out that hair sample surveys of your neighbors showed that 34% of the population have toxic levels of mercury, 55% are contaminated with lead, 69% with arsenic, 69% with cadmium, 90% with aluminum, and 93% with antimony.  What would you do?  What would you expect your government to do?

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Why terrorists target civilians.

I condemn the murder in all of its forms.  This is a conversation about terrorists and attacks on civilian populations.

Last week's brutal attacks of unarmed civilians in Mumbai got me to thinking about the nature of attacks on civilians.  For many years, I accepted the given definition of 'terrorists' as people that are so filled with evil that they want to frighten and kill us all.  There are always sociopaths out there to fit into this mold.  I think that for the sheer numbers of civilians killed in targeted violence, sociopaths are not the only explanation.  The large role of religious / dogmatic programming in targeted violence against civilians eliminates sociopathology as a cause because the sociopath has no conscience or care for his/her impact on society.  For the most part, the religious killer is convinced that his/her morality is calling for the murder of civilians.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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