Unexpected questions - Depleted Uranium delegation: Jonesborough, TN - Oct 21-30, 2011

The more I learn about depleted uranium, the more I realize how little we know for certain about its effects on quality of life and health.  While we can say for certain that war kills, the details about DU's impact in the whole picture are conflicted and under-researched.

As evening falls on the first full day of our delegation, these are the thoughts I find myself grappling with.  In some ways I feel that the purported effects of DU are eclipsing CPT's broader mission--bringing peace.  Of course war and its consequences on health are intertwined, but it doesn't seem like shutting down a plant that manufactures weapons is going to do anything to resolve conflict in the world.  True, it reduces firepower, but what, if anything, does it actually do to relieve tensions?

Are we treating symptoms rather than the root cause of this global illness?  If Aerojet shuts down, won't the people who want to keep fighting wars just find somewhere else to get their weapons?  In the end, if you don't treat the disease, the symptoms just keep coming back.

--Kajsa Herrstrom, delegate on the DU trip