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A Japanese report form Kosovo detailing among other things the aftermath of massive Depleted Uranium use. Excerpt:
"Dr. Milan Jocic has worked for more than fifteen years at a hospital in the center of town. 'Since the bombings, cancers of the lungs, bones, and tongue have all increased with many children falling ill. The number of cases has risen at least 30 percent. Many more people are dying young. It is the same here as in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.' Zorisa Markovic, a reporter, formerly with the Tanjug News Agency now with Balkan newspaper, has long covered health care issues. He estimates that 'it will take more than ten years to determine accurately the effects of depleted uranium ammunition. When symptoms began appearing among Italian soldiers, there was an uproar in the Western European media, but in Serbia under economic sanctions there was no money to survey the health of residents. What is known is how much depleted uranium was dropped, and that cancer has increased since the bombings which are also thought to have caused weakened resistance to stress. Another problem is that many young physicians, who see no future here, have left for other countries...'"
The Japanese focus on radioactivity is natural, but one would think that there were other toxic emissions conceivably more carcinogenic than DU - at least for those outside the close vicinity of the actual targets.