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Iraqi tank graveyard

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image is of an Iraqi tank graveyard in the desert near Al Jahrah, Kuwait Latitude / Longtitude: (29°26’ N, 47°24’ E).

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This graveyard of tanks will bear witness for many years to the damage that war causes both to the environment and to human health. In 1991, during the Gulf War when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, a million depleted uranium shells were fired at the Iraqi tanks, spreading toxic, radioactive dust for miles around. Such dust is known to have lasting effects on the environment and to cause various forms of cancer and other serious illnesses among humans. Depleted uranium ammunition is still being used in Chechnya and in Iraq, and was also used recently in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. The cost of such wars, borne almost exclusively by the ten richest nations, have risen by 18% over the last ten years. They amount to more than $1,035 billion, or the equivalent of 2.6% of the entire wealth of the world. The political desire for peace and international cooperation seems helpless when faced with the economic interests of the arms industry. Mankind’s greatest challenge at the beginning of the third millennium, if economic development and international political stability are to be guaranteed, is to save the Earth’s biosphere and reduce the inequality between north and south. Just 10% of the money spent on war over a period of ten years would be enough to achieve these objectives.

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