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U.S. War crimes - Massive epidemic of cancer in Iraq
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U.S. War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima
July 23rd, 2010

Via: Global Research:

The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004.

According to the authors of a new study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,” the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945.

The epidemiological study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH), also finds the prevalence of these conditions in Fallujah to be many times greater than in nearby nations.

The assault on Fallujah, a city located 43 miles west of Baghdad, was one of the most horrific war crimes of our time. After the population resisted the US-led occupation of Iraq—a war of neo-colonial plunder launched on the basis of lies—Washington determined to make an example of the largely Sunni city. This is called “exemplary” or “collective” punishment and is, according to the laws of war, illegal.

The new public health study of the city now all but proves what has long been suspected: that a high proportion of the weaponry used in the assault contained depleted uranium, a radioactive substance used in shells to increase their effectiveness.

In a study of 711 houses and 4,843 individuals carried out in January and February 2010, authors Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan, Entesar Ariabi and a team of researchers found that the cancer rate had increased fourfold since before the US attack five years ago, and that the forms of cancer in Fallujah are similar to those found among the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors, who were exposed to intense fallout radiation.

In Fallujah the rate of leukemia is 38 times higher, the childhood cancer rate is 12 times higher, and breast cancer is 10 times more common than in populations in Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait. Heightened levels of adult lymphoma and brain tumors were also reported. At 80 deaths out of every 1,000 births, the infant mortality rate in Fallujah is more than five times higher than in Egypt and Jordan, and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Strikingly, after 2005 the proportion of girls born in Fallujah has increased sharply. In normal populations, 1050 boys are born for every 1000 girls. But among those born in Fallujah in the four years after the US assault, the ratio was reduced to 860 boys for every 1000 female births. This alteration is similar to gender ratios found in Hiroshima after the US atomic attack of 1945.

The most likely reason for the change in the sex ratio, according to the researchers, is the impact of a major mutagenic event—likely the use of depleted uranium in US weapons. While boys have one X-chromosome, girls have a redundant X-chromosome and can therefore absorb the loss of one chromosome through genetic damage.

“This is an extraordinary and alarming result,” said Busby, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Ulster and director of scientific research for Green Audit, an independent environmental research group. “To produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened. We need urgently to find out what the agent was. Although many suspect uranium, we cannot be certain without further research and independent analysis of samples from the area.”

Busby told an Italian television news station, RAI 24, that the “extraordinary” increase in radiation-related maladies in Fallujah is higher than that found in the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the US atomic strikes of 1945. “My guess is that this was caused by depleted uranium,” he said. “They must be connected.”

The US military uses depleted uranium, also known as spent nuclear fuel, in armor-piercing shells and bullets because it is twice as dense as lead. Once these shells hit their target, however, as much as 40 percent of the uranium is released in the form of tiny particles in the area of the explosion. It can remain there for years, easily entering the human bloodstream, where it lodges itself in lymph glands and attacks the DNA produced in the sperm and eggs of affected adults, causing, in turn, serious birth defects in the next generation.

The research is the first systematic scientific substantiation of a body of evidence showing a sharp increase in infant mortality, birth defects, and cancer in Fallujah.
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DEPLETED URANIUM: THE CHILD KILLER



  Depleted Uranium is used in shells for its armor penetration and destructive power.  When a round of Depleted Uranium hits a target up to 70% of the round can burn up during impact and penetration.  This creates a firestorm of Depleted Uranium oxide particles of extremely fine ceramic uranium dust (some finer than military gas mask filters) that is spread by the wind, inhaled and absorbed into the human and animal bodies and is taken up by plants and animals, becoming part of the food chain.  According to the United Nations Environmental Program any portion of the round leftover in the soil can can pollute the environment and create up to a hundredfold increase in uranium levels in ground water. The Journal of Environmental Radioactivity reported, Children playing with soil may be identified as the critical population group, with inhalation and/or ingestion of contaminated soil as the critical pathway.  In May-June 2003 issue of E: The Environmental Magazine Ed Ericson wrote "the Pentagon has cashiered or attempted to discredit its own experts, ignored their advice, impeached scientific research into DUs health effects and assembled a disinformation campaign to confuse the isssue.  Soldiers in the US and Brittan who handle Depleted Uranium ammunition are required by military regulations to wear gloves and masks.  DU is certainly a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).

  Some 300 tons of Depleted Uranium were used by coalition forces in southern Iraq in 1991. Ten years ater the war, DU shell holes are still 1,000 times more radioactive than the normal level of background radiation and the areas  around the shell holes are still 100 times more radioactive. Experts say that the fine uranium dust produced by the shells has spread by the wind, contaminating large areas of the surrounding region, including the city of Basra, which is 200 kilometres away from sites where large numbers of DU shells were fired.

    Between 1,000 and 3,000 tons of Depleted Uranium was used during the three-week war in Iraq in 2003 with a considerable part of it used in the cities.  There was  wholesale bombardment of targets inside densely-populated areas.  Journalist Scott Peterson from the Christian Science Monitor  used a simple Geiger counter to measure levels that at times reached 1,900 times the normal background rate in parts of Baghdad in May 2003. The city has a population of six million.  It took 2 to 4 years for the rise in cancers in Iraq to become evident after Gulf War 1.  By the end of the decade there will be an explosion of cancers in the Iraqi population with children, who play in the dirt, making up a significant number of those to die of cancer.

    One in four of the American personnel who fought in Gulf War 1, more than 150,000 soldiers, are suffering a range of medical disorders including lymphomas, leukemia, and lung, brain, gastrointestinal, bone and liver cancers collectively described as "Gulf War Syndrome".  We have killed more of our own people than they have. 

These numbers will be repeated among those returning home from the current Iraqi war.

(For the real story click on this link, but I warn you, it is utterly ghastly and utterly another Bush family legacy.  Merry Christmas America, from your gov't to you.)

http://wake-up-america.net/depleted_uranium.htm


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I wish I had a scanner. I would post some adorable pictures of a baby named Abigail. She was the niece of my youngest daughter, by marriage. I think you would have loved her.

To their credit, Abigail's parents chose to give birth to, rather than abort, her. She was born with multiple birth defects such as cleft pallete (sp), a hole in her abdomen, webbed toes, etc., and the doctors said it was Edward's syndrome. I suspect DU. Her father is in the Air Force and who knows where he's been. She was given 1-2 weeks to live.

We had to say many prayers even to get her baptized, since her parents are so worldly. But she was baptized and she lived to be 5 months old, dying with only nurse in attendence. At her funeral, my 2 year old grandson was very upset because all the people went off and left the baby in that box. I'm sure, though, that she accomplished her mission on this earth.

Rest in peace, Abigail.

This is how this stuff really comes home to us.
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