The Gulf War in 1991 was considered successful by the media and U.S. government. Iraqi forces, led by Saddam Hussein, were removed from Kuwait by the superior military forces of the United States and coalition troops. But while George Bush and Colin Powell enjoyed the military victory, a more miserable memory tortured thousands of soldiers involved in the war. It is an insidious disease which fooled doctors and destroyed the lives of the affected people – it is called the Gulf War Syndrome.
A list of the symptoms of the Gulf War Syndrome illustrate how grueling it can be: sweat during the night, nervous system disorders, tumors, severe weight loss, diarrhea, insomnia, chronic fatigue, intense joint pain, strange rash, disturbing personality changes, and loss of blood. The syndrome is a serious and virulent disease, which not surprisingly leads many patients to severe depression and even suicide.
Although it seems obvious that the soldiers had contracted the disease while fighting for their country, the existence of Gulf War Syndrome is denied by governments, including the United States. Risking their life in what many consider to be a war conducted more for oil than for human freedom, these soldiers see themselves now abandoned by their governments.
In 2003, the fear of Gulf War Syndrome was so strong among British soldiers getting ready to go to the Gulf invasion of Iraq that many of them had refused to be vaccinated for anthrax. Many have also declined other vaccines. Their concern was so big that they were willing to be vulnerable to a biological attack than to trust in the Defense Department that said all vaccines were safe.
Although he may not have had many notable weapons of mass destruction in the Second Gulf War, Saddam Hussein certainly did have them in the first war. He tested and used biological weapons against his enemies – especially the Kurdish people, destroying entire villages. Some believe that he used biological weapons against coalition forces with Scud missiles armed with lethal doses of toxins. Deadly substances may be coming from the reeky ruins of the chemical plants and of Iranian weapon bunkers, led by the wind through the desert to contaminate the coalition’s soldiers. It is possible that Hussein got his own soldiers infected, hoping that their lifeless bodies would transmit the disease to those who will bury them.
Preparing for a biological attack – which according to the U.S.A never happened, soldiers were forced to take drugs and get vaccinated. Medicines, probably Bromide Pyridogstigmine, and vaccinations against anthrax, were more experimental. If that was not a direct cause of the Gulf war Syndrome, it is believed that the inoculation has clearly helped to spread it.
The number of soldiers contaminated speaks for itself. Estimates place the number of sick soldiers for more than 150,000 and about 10,000 being dead already because of the syndrome. (Estimates may be optimistic). A study of the Gulf War Syndrome clearly shows it to be a virus that is not natural, but that has all the features of one created in the lab. One of the main suspects for the syndrome is an artificial agent called Microplasma fermentans (unknown origins). It contains most of the HIV genes, suspected to have been added through laboratory amendments. Of all the countries involved in Gulf War coalition, only France refused the inoculation. Until recently, there weren’t any reported cases of the syndrome among French soldiers.
Many soldiers have thought that Gulf War Syndrome was caused by exposure to radiation. When Stephen Childs, veteran of the Gulf War died of cancer in 2002 he left written in his will that the coroner should investigate the causes of his death. However, he did not respect the will enough to investigate if multiple inoculations and presence in an area contaminated with uranium caused cancer. He also refused to try to discover why, since it entered the conflict, sweating children began to smell like latex.
It all boils down to money. Governments continue to deny that they were using biological agents in the Gulf and refuse to admit that forced inoculation can be blamed for Gulf War Syndrome. If they admit it, they would have to legally respond. This will not happen!