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"Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al-Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment." — Jalal Ghazi, for New America Media
[Two new stories added dimensions to the decade long crusade against liberty and truth both here in North America and everywhere abroad where the Anglo-American Axis influence is felt brought to mind the old story of how the children, and future generations to come will be forever effected by the use of depleted uranium munitions in the many theaters of operation in the Global War on Terror.In Canada, the minister responsible for "public safety," Vic Toews, standing in the House, recently told the nation, while defending a new invasive, warrantless internet search initiative, Canadians could; "can either stand with us or with the child pornographers." And, in the United States, the desperate Republican search for an emotional hook to grab a largely disinterested electorate has seen the revival of the abortion debate, via birth control access.I invite right wing politicos, and "social conservatives" to look beyond their front yard when wrapping themselves in the false flag of St. Christopher, protector of the children, and witness the harms the wars they support cause the children of other lands, (and afflict too the deformed children of returning soldiers genetically contaminated by the horrific Depleted Uranium scourge). - ed.]
Warning: Contains graphic images, readers discretion is strongly advised.
"The U.S. and British militaries used more than 1,700 tons of depleted uranium in Iraq in the 2003 invasion (Jane's Defence News, 4/2/04)-on top of 320 tons used in the 1991 Gulf War (Inter Press Service, 3/25/03). Literally every local person I've ever spoken with in Iraq during my nine months of reporting there knows someone who either suffers from or has died of cancer.
Ghazi reported that in Fallujah, which bore the brunt of two massive U.S. military operations in 2004, as many as 25 percent of newborn infants have serious physical abnormalities. Cancer rates in Babil, an area south of Baghdad, have risen from 500 cases in 2004 to more than 9,000 in 2009. Dr. Jawad al-Ali, the director of the Oncology Center in Basra, told Al Jazeera English (10/12/09) that there were 1,885 cases of cancer in all of 2005; between 1,250 and 1,500 patients visit his center every month now. — 'The New 'Forgotten' War' By Dahr Jamail, 15 March, 2010
The short piece posted on the BBC Website ends thus:
"In a statement, the Pentagon said that "No studies to date have indicated environmental issues resulting in specific health issues. Unexploded ordinance, including improvised explosive devises, are a recognised hazard.""
"When they said that depleted uranium was the US empire's weapon of choice, they lied. The word "depleted" is a public relations spin. It makes it sound like the nuclear material is worn out. It's not. It's Uranium. Let's just call it Uranium. In other words, DU is low-level nuclear waste. DU can also contain trace amounts of "neptunium, plutonium, americium, technitium-99 and uranium-236." — http://tuberose.com/
PS: Oh, I forgot about the DU weapons supplied to Israel by the US, also dropped on the people of Gaza.