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(CW: birth defects.)
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
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
using white phosphorous. In addition, U.S. and British forces unleashed an estimated 2,000 tons
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
an international agreement to limit its use, insisting DU is not harmful, science be damned. Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s refusal
to release details about where DU munitions were fired has made it difficult to clean up.
This breaks my heart :(
this is horrifying. next stop is that american families will be clamoring to adopt those babies and then the US will pat themselves on the back for “saving” them from the CONSEQUENCES OF THE DESTRUCTION THAT THEY CREATED.
“Sisters enter through same door as brothers, then pray behind Tall Burgundy Curtains.” Islamic Cultural Center of NY, Upper East Side. Photo submitted by 30Masjids.Ca
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