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Birth defects in Fallujah 11 times the norm

Rob Payne

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Halcyon Days, December 31, 2010

Though president Obama and many other Americans have moved on, not wanting to look back, many of the children of Fallujah do not have the nicety of that choice. But who am I kidding, trying to appeal to Americans through the suffering of the weak is like I dont know what, but it certainly is doomed to failure as much as trying to appeal to people through truth, whatever that may be. This is of course why Wikileaks has accomplished nothing nor is it likely to. The most likely scenario is already taking place with an intensification of the Terror Wars and domestic spying and harassment here at home. This, of course, is what people dont like to admit about Wikileaks yet it is true all the same.

Getting back to Fallujah the Guardian reports on the long range effects of the American attack on Fallujah which illustrates how these things never really are over because the casualties continue for decades after the bombing and shooting have ended. (The great tragedy is that the entire attack against Iraq was completely and irrevocably needless, indeed is a criminal war making all those involved in leading that war criminals, including Obama. Of course, Obama is a war criminal for many other reasons, the continued use of torture being one, and his unwarranted attacks against the civilians of Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other nations, being another.)

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A study examining the causes of a dramatic spike in birth defects in the Iraqi city of Falluja has for the first time concluded that genetic damage could have been caused by weaponry used in US assaults that took place six years ago.

The research, which will be published next week, confirms earlier estimates revealed by the Guardian of a major, unexplained rise in cancers and chronic neural-tube, cardiac and skeletal defects in newborns. The authors found that malformations are close to 11 times higher than normal rates, and rose to unprecedented levels in the first half of this year a period that had not been surveyed in earlier reports.

The findings, which will be published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, come prior to a much-anticipated World Health Organisation study of Fallujas genetic health. They follow two alarming earlier studies, one of which found a distortion in the sex ratio of newborns since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 a 15% drop in births of boys.

"We suspect that the population is chronically exposed to an environmental agent," said one of the report's authors, environmental toxicologist Mozhgan Savabieasfahani. "We don't know what that environmental factor is, but we are doing more tests to find out."


Certainly the use of depleted Uranium is a prime suspect though as the article readily shows there are plenty of weasel experts to be found that are willing to dismiss the idea. The U.S. was also using Iraq as a test ground to try out futuristic weapons concocted by all too willing scientists eager to make the big bucks so we dont really know exactly what else was used besides the white phosphorous and depleted uranium ammunition.

Like so many stories this ongoing story of Fallujah will be ignored for the suffering of those people means little to most Americans, and though some give lip-service it isnt worth much, and will be quickly forgotten if even noted at all. If stories like the one on Fallujah fail to wring the slightest whiff of human empathy from Americans it is difficult for me to imagine what Americans do care about other than their own.


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