Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

The 105mm M900 APFSDS-T (Depleted Uranium Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot - Tracer)You can’t drop massive amounts of depleted uranium on a nation without causing severe radiation poisoning. It’s one of the worst legacies of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and criminally under-reported by the embedded media. The fallout is starting to be noticed now, however, as reported by the Centre for 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…

[more from the Centre for Global Research]

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  • DepopulateME

    Wow, how amazing is it that the same people funding the war are into eugenics and pop control? Those bombs were probably filthy as hell eh? Hopefully the corporate goon news picks this story up but…. i tend to doubt it.

  • 5by5

    “Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima”

    Well yeah…. that's what happens when you drop 800,000 Nagasaki bombs worth on a someplace, vs. the one you dropped on Hiroshima.

    The only difference is, because you used depleted and NON-depleted uranium instead of a full-on nuke, the people die SLOWER.

    Is the Pentagon really this bad at math?

    Oh what am I asking… look at how they manage their budget.

  • Rl

    Check your facts. There is absolutely no data to support your claim that DU weapons were used in Fallujah. But, here is a truth. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/05/world… Tuwaitha is less than 50 miles from Fallujah.

  • Hadrian999

    I wouldn’t doubt this but i was in iraq the first year of the war and in one village in particular
    there were a very large number of albinos and children with bazaar birth defects, and I also saw a large number of animals that were far larger than they should have been. there was far more going on in that country than just the war.
    that is in no way making an excuse for the irresponsible use of DU weapons, they need to be banned

  • Hadrian999

    I wouldn't doubt this but i was in iraq the first year of the war and in one village in particular
    there were a very large number of albinos and children with bazaar birth defects, and I also saw a large number of animals that were far larger than they should have been. there was far more going on in that country than just the war.

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