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libertyjam
03-24-2013, 12:17 PM
http://raniakhalek.com/2013/03/20/u-s-turns-a-blind-eye-to-iraqi-birth-defects-worse-than-hiroshima/

by Rania Khalek on March 20, 2013

(warning: graphic images)

The United States may be finished dropping bombs on Iraq, but Iraqi bodies will be dealing with the consequences for generations to come in the form of birth defects, mysterious illnesses and skyrocketing cancer rates.

Al Jazeera’s Dahr Jamail reports that contamination from U.S. weapons, particularly Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions, has led to an Iraqi health crisis of epic proportions. “[C]hildren being born with two heads, children born with only one eye, multiple tumours, disfiguring facial and body deformities, and complex nervous system problems,” are just some of the congenital birth defects being linked to military-related pollution.

In certain Iraqi cities, the health consequences are significantly worse (http://www.thecbdf.org/ar/cbdf-reaserch-papers/61-international-%20journal-of-environmental-studies-and-public-health-ijerph-switzerland-genetic-damage-and-health-%20in-fallujah-iraq-worse-than-hiroshima-) than those seen in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Japan at the end of WWII.

The highest rates are in the city of Fallujah, which underwent two massive US bombing campaigns in 2004. Though the U.S. initially denied it, officials later admitted (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-fog-of-war-white-phosphorus-fallujah-and-some-burning-questions-515345.html) using white phosphorous. In addition, U.S. and British forces unleashed an estimated 2,000 tons (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/apr/17/highereducation.science) of depleted uranium ammunitions in populated Iraqi cities in 2003.

DU, a chemically toxic heavy metal produced in nuclear waste, is used in weapons due to its ability to pierce through armor. That’s why the US and UK were among a handful of nations (France and Israel) who in December refused to sign (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/06/iraq-depleted-uranium-clean-up-contamination-spreads) an international agreement to limit its use, insisting DU is not harmful, science be damned. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s refusal (http://www.globalresearch.ca/depleted-uranium-radioactive-contamination-in-iraq-an-overview/3116) to release details about where DU munitions were fired has made it difficult to clean up.

Today, 14.7 percent of Fallujah’s babies are born with a birth defect, 14 times the documented rate in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fallujah’s babies have also experienced heart defects 13 times the European rate and nervous system defects 33 times that of Europe. That comes on top of a 12-fold rise in childhood cancer rates since 2004. Furthermore, the male-to-female birth ratio is now 86 boys for every 100 girls, indicating genetic damage that affects males more than females.

If Fallujah is the Iraqi Hiroshima, then Basra is its Nagasaki.


According to a study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, a professional journal based in the southwestern German city of Heidelberg, there was a sevenfold increase in the number of birth defects in Basra between 1994 and 2003.

According to the Heidelberg study, the concentration of lead in the milk teeth of sick children from Basra was almost three times as high as comparable values in areas where there was no fighting.

In addition, never before has such a high rate of neural tube defects (“open back”) been recorded in babies as in Basra, and the rate continues to rise. According to the study, the number of hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”) cases among new-borns is six times as high in Basra as it is in the United States.


This isn’t isolated to Fallujah and Basra. The overall Iraqi cancer rate has also skyrocketed:


Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.

As Grist’s Susie Cagle points out, “That’s potentially a more than 4,000 percent increase in the cancer rate, making it more than 500 percent higher than the cancer rate in the U.S.“

Dr. Mozghan Savabieasfahani, an environmental toxicologist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, told Jamail that “These observations collectively suggest an extraordinary public health emergency in Iraq. Such a crisis requires urgent multifaceted international action to prevent further damage to public health.”

Instead, the international community, including the nation most responsible for the health crisis (hint: it starts with a “U” and ends with an “S”), is mostly ignoring the problem. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/06/iraq-depleted-uranium-clean-up-contamination-spreads)

To make matters worse, Iraq’s healthcare system, which was once the envy of the region, is virtually nonexistent due to the mass exodus of Iraq’s medical doctors (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61399-8/fulltext) since 2003. According to recent estimates, there are currently fewer than 100 psychiatrists (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/17/AR2010061706034.html) and 20,0000 physicians (http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/06/201162910834991763.html) serving a population of 31 million Iraqis.

Dahr Jamail was on Democracy Now this morning discussing the horrific effects of military-related pollution in Iraq:

acptulsa
03-24-2013, 12:21 PM
I smell a whole new brand of blowback brewing for us...

Anti Federalist
03-24-2013, 12:22 PM
Freed the fuck outta those people.

Anti Federalist
03-24-2013, 12:24 PM
http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/were-gonna-free-the-shit-out-of-you.jpg

kcchiefs6465
03-24-2013, 12:26 PM
With a radioactive half-life of 4.468 billion years what could have gone wrong?

Fucking disgusting.

MelissaWV
03-24-2013, 12:28 PM
This isn't really new. Good news is that the US does not really descriminate. Kids of those exposed to Agent Orange in huge quantities seem to have an increased incidence of certain things. Vieques has sky-high cancer rates. Iraq has been having issues for quite some time (and we've been there for quite some time... how coincidental!). The OP points out the issues post-Hiroshima. Yep. The US leaves its ugly giant footprints all over everyone when it comes to instruments of war.

acptulsa
03-24-2013, 12:31 PM
American Imperialism: The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

abacabb
03-24-2013, 12:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trya1ETd9Hs

presence
03-24-2013, 12:58 PM
http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/were-gonna-free-the-shit-out-of-you.jpg


unleashed an estimated 2,000 tons (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/apr/17/highereducation.science) of depleted uranium ammunitions


Most of the tonnage, from what I understand, is actually from the DU bullets of small arms fire used heavily in that conflict.

"spray and pray"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNi_1pbSqGY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psfK8ijrzyc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a85iQNmX-As&list=PL3B4481A3EC196136




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyHKeNLrrhg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BfHzbvZRqA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzgyNyIJZVc



When a baby is born in Iraq,
the mother's first question is no longer,
"is it a boy or a girl?",
but "is it normal?"

alucard13mmfmj
03-24-2013, 12:59 PM
if DU has a half life of 4 billion years.. and if DU is on the surface of the ground as dust.. wouldnt it somehow make its way into the food chain and somehow end up on our dinner tables???

"To make matters worse, Iraq’s healthcare system, which was once the envy of the region, is virtually nonexistent due to the mass exodus of Iraq’s medical doctors since 2003. According to recent estimates, there are currently fewer than 100 psychiatrists and 20,0000 physicians serving a population of 31 million Iraqis."

loled.. at this. We managed to turn Iraq into a crappier place.

heavenlyboy34
03-24-2013, 01:05 PM
OMG... :( Now that's some Iraqi Freedom.

acptulsa
03-24-2013, 01:10 PM
loled.. at this. We managed to turn Iraq into a crappier place.

Has the propaganda actually caused the conversation to devolve to this point? Ten years ago, we were hotly debating whether life in Hussein's police state was worse than life in our war zone. And we've been beating the snot out of it for nearly a decade since then.

This is a new enough notion to make you lol? Dude. We bombed a nation at peace, enjoying a modicum of prosperity, and with five thousand years of heritage to point to back to the stone age and beyond, and we're still at it, while systematically looting it as well. Where you been?

alucard13mmfmj
03-24-2013, 01:12 PM
Has the propaganda actually caused the conversation to devolve to this point? Ten years ago, we were hotly debating whether life in Hussein's police state was worse than life in our war zone. And we've been beating the snot out of it for nearly a decade since then.

This is a new enough notion to make you lol? Dude. We bombed a nation at peace, enjoying a modicum of prosperity, and with five thousand years of heritage to point to back to the stone age and beyond, and we're still at it, while systematically looting it as well. Where you been?

It was not meant to be sarcastic =s.

kcchiefs6465
03-25-2013, 10:28 AM
Bump.

kcchiefs6465
03-27-2013, 12:10 PM
And a bump.

Aratus
03-27-2013, 05:55 PM
if DU has a half life of 4 billion years.. and if DU is on the surface of the ground as dust.. wouldnt it somehow make its way into the food chain and somehow end up on our dinner tables???

"To make matters worse, Iraq’s healthcare system, which was once the envy of the region, is virtually nonexistent due to the mass exodus of Iraq’s medical doctors since 2003. According to recent estimates, there are currently fewer than 100 psychiatrists and 20,0000 physicians serving a population of 31 million Iraqis."

loled.. at this. We managed to turn Iraq into a crappier place.

tragically, yes... it does not go away. we could have a bio-toxin eliminate our species, and several million years later the next sapient species would have the isotope in their bodies if they are on or at the apex of the pyramid of life. one billion years from now sapient evolved cockroaches and other exotic creatures would still have it in their body tissues...