A new cause of Balkans Syndrome seems to have been uncovered by the UNO inspectors working in Kosovo. Apparently, the depleted uranium weapons used in the conflict contained traces of plutonium. While the world was obsessed with uranium and when the tests were made after the international outcry, indeed uranium 236 vestiges were found in munitions used by NATO. Uranium 236, translated into general language, is plutonium. Plutonium is 200,000 times more radioactive than uranium in terms of radiation and its radioactivity is 1,000,000 times stronger. The plutonium was detected by UNO inspectors from the United Nations Environment Programme working in Kosovo in eight out of eleven sites inspected. This discovery would explain the discrepancy between accusations against NATO brought by various international organs, among which Pravda.Ru, and evidence provided by NATO, claiming that depleted uranium is safe. Finally we discover that we are not dealing with depleted uranium, but plutonium. Now we see why NATO was so keen to set up a commission to examine the effects of depleted uranium, to show there was “nothing to hide”. The “nothing to hide” seems to be plutonium, a monster among the black list of undesirables. The Pentagon has admitted that plutonium-based weapons were used in Kosovo. Last Wednesday, Germany asked the United States to explain the use of plutonium in NATO weapons deployed in the Balkans and today, Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Guterres, made the same request. The story is yet to unfold. Western European soldiers queue up to be granted a mission in the Balkans because every soldier or policeman (from Portugal) is set to become rich, with a salary of 10,000 USD per month. This is good money for a country with an average earnings of 500 USD/month. Today, however, Portuguese soldiers destined for the Balkans requested permission to leave the force due to the recent news. Meanwhile, the Portuguese Defence Ministry categorically states that it knew nothing about the use of plutonium in NATO munitions. The German General Karl Demmer stated yesterday “If we are speaking about plutonium, we have to ring the alarm bells”. This evidence would appear to indicate a new door opening in this investigation. That something exists, it is clear, because soldiers do not die in tens and become ill in thousands by eating army food. Those of us who have been in the army receive a medal for eating the army food but we do not become ill! Plutonium is a very rare heavy metal. It is produced by using residue from nuclear power stations. Uranium is extracted in its mineral state, is enriched and is used to make nuclear power. Uranium fuel bars are immersed in concentrated, refrigerated nitric acid and the end result is separated out as Uranium 236…which in other words is Plutonium. One gramme of plutonium is enough to kill 20,000 people. Five kilos of plutonium is the minimum needed to create a fission bomb. NATO was speaking about these bombs before the assault on Kosovo began and a video of their effects was shown to the Yugoslav Defence Ministry, to try to convince Belgrade not to fight. The result was positive and an all-out conflict was avoided. Fission bombs are highly destructive and a small number dropped on a city could cause total destruction. The destructive effect is provoked by a neutron charge, surrounded by plutonium and detonated by an explosive agent, which provokes an explosion equivalent to millions of tonnes of TNT. The effects on the human body are leukaemia, lung cancer, skin cancer, kidney cancer, testicle cancer, extreme tiredness and skin lesions… all of which are the symptoms presented by soldiers with Gulf War Syndrome or Balkans Syndrome. Our investigation nears the end and the end which would be fitting for NATO is the following: to be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the International Penal Court of the Hague.
TIMOTHY BANCROFT-HINCHEY PRAVDA.RU LISBON