Wednesday, 31st October 2012
Managing Acceptability: UK policy on depleted uranium weapons
Source: Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (UK)
From Press Release:
Archive material released under the thirty year rule have revealed that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have known from the outset that contamination from DU munitions was likely to be problematic and controversial. To get political clearance for the weapons’ development, hazards were downplayed and cabinet discussions managed.
This tactic of managing the debate has continued from the 1960s, in spite of the public outcry over DU’s later use in Iraq during the 1991 and 2003 conflicts, and during the Balkan conflicts over the 1990s. Managing acceptability: UK policy on depleted uranium weapons highlights key questions over the MoD’s transparency and political influence, and its unbalanced approach to civilian protection.
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