American Bombing of Iraq Left Legacy of Deformed Babies

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Haroon Siddiqui writes at the Toronto Star:

Remember Falluja? That city in central Iraq was the scene of two furious attacks in 2004 by American Marines. That spring, they went on a bombing, shooting rampage to avenge the murder and mutilation of four American mercenaries. Instead of targeting the estimated 2,000 insurgents, the Marines almost levelled the city of 300,000, without conquering it. Seven months later, they attacked again with artillery and bombs in what was described as the bloodiest urban warfare involving Americans since the Vietnam War.

Remember Basra? That southern Iraqi city has been suffering since the first Gulf War, in 1991. Radioactive residue from the 800 tons of bombs and 1 million rounds of ammunition used was soon showing up in babies born with huge heads, abnormally large eyes, stunted arms, bloated stomachs and defective hearts. Later in the 1990s, Basra was hit as part of maintaining the American no fly zone on Saddam Hussein. It was attacked yet again in the 2003 American-British invasion and subsequent occupation.

Now we see that the children of Falluja and Basra are suffering a staggering rise in birth defects, primarily from the metals released by bombs, bullets and shells — the dust that gets into food, water, air, soil and crops.

A recent study by an environmental toxicologist at the University of Michigan attributes the defects to the presence of high levels of lead, mercury and other contaminants in the bodies of both parents and their afflicted children.

It substantiates what horrified doctors at Falluja General Hospital had been reporting since 2005. In September 2009, they had asked the United Nations to investigate why a quarter of the 170 babies born there that month had died within seven days and a staggering 75 per cent of the dead babies were deformed.

In 2010, the University of Ulster reported that increases in congenital birth defects, leukemia and infant mortality in Falluja were higher than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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  • Hadrian999

    when I was in Iraq I saw a bunch of crazy birth defects. In kurdistan there was a city we just called Tuz, not sure of the full name. On foot patrols we saw lots of albino. can you imagine how much it must suck to be an albino in the desert. also saw a small child who had deformed hands, each thumb and index finger were normal, the rest of his fingers were massive. we also noticed examples of oversize animals, massive roosters(not sci fi movie massive but they were huge for roosters) and I saw a ram the size of a small pony. the city was crazy and none of us were brave enough to drink the local water.

  • BuzzCoastin

    sometimes I wish there was hell
    just so I could be there and watch Bush & Cheney tormented for their atrocities

    • Hadrian999

      you’d have to work pretty hard to make it to their circle

    • Hadrian999

      you’d have to work pretty hard to make it to their circle

      • BuzzCoastin

        Satan promised me a ring side seat
        and all I have to do is vote in this Puppet Prez election
        to cinch the deal

      • BuzzCoastin

        Satan promised me a ring side seat
        and all I have to do is vote in this Puppet Prez election
        to cinch the deal

    • Anomaly_of_Anomie

      Not to excuse Bush/Cheney, but what about the atrocities committed during the Saddam Hussein regime and their genocidal campaign against the Kurds? I think that’s why the US went into Iraq in the first place. A sad reality, that innocent beings are sometimes victims of war. I’m not taking either side but this political objective regards civilian casualties as a necessary risk. Hitlerian dictatorships need to be stopped for the sake of humanity and democracy, if you believe the latter to exist at least in principle.

      • BuzzCoastin

        not that I’m taking sides either, but
        I didn’t mention Saddam because he wasn’t an American
        wasn’t ruler of a country supposedly dedicated to freedom and the rule of law

        > Hitlerian dictatorships need to be stopped for the sake of humanity and democracy

        yeah? then let’s start with Amerika first
        until Amerika overthrows the dictatorship of the elites
        it shouldn’t mess with other countries dictators
        in fact
        Amerika would do well to mind its own business
        instead of trying to be the Big Homelander for the world

        • Hadrian999

          if we minded our own business in the first place saddam wouldn’t have had the power he did

        • Hadrian999

          if we minded our own business in the first place saddam wouldn’t have had the power he did

        • Anomaly_of_Anomie

          Fair enough. For fun, let’s apply that philosophy in the form of an analogy.

          Mr. X is the heir of a successful local business but also somewhat of a power hungry prick who verbally abuses his underpaid employees.

          In the meantime, it has come to his attention that Mr. Y, a neighbor across town, is molesting various children on that block.

          Should Mr. X simply mind his own business and allow the known circumstances to continue?

        • Anomaly_of_Anomie

          Fair enough. For fun, let’s apply that philosophy in the form of an analogy.

          Mr. X is the heir of a successful local business but also somewhat of a power hungry prick who verbally abuses his underpaid employees.

          In the meantime, it has come to his attention that Mr. Y, a neighbor across town, is molesting various children on that block.

          Should Mr. X simply mind his own business and allow the known circumstances to continue?

          • BuzzCoastin

            now you’re betraying your Homeland indoctrination
            which is:
            stick your nose in other peoples beeswax &
            offer unsolicited tough love help

            hypothetical questions are like assholes
            everyone’s got’em

            how’bout
            I heard Bush and his family ran a drug operation through the CIA?
            should I:
            a) call the cops?
            b) appeal to China for help?
            c) tell everybody I know that I know this?
            d) simply mind my own business and allow the known circumstances to continue?
            e) none of the above
            f) all of the above

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            I’m not sure what you mean, since I’m now lost in Hypothetical-land and it smells like shit down here. I do understand sarcasm though, so I guess I’ll choose uh, “d.”

            I realize you are a regular and respected visitor on the site, so allow me to introduce myself properly. Maybe that way we can enjoy a philosophical debate in the future without you having to act like a dick.

            I’ve been hanging around disinfo long enough to see that there are a handful of online identities who form a kind of camaraderie. I assume this is because you appreciate each other’s sometimes dissimilar views (in contrast to a majority of sheep thoughts infesting the cyber world) and also regarding the supposed motives of the alleged NWO, of which I may or may not have material to submit personally. I would like to make friends, not enemies here on disinfo because I feel it is an informative website which attracts intelligent people who are not so easily ruled by the system, with the intention of keeping things real. Let us not allow our egos to get ahead of ourselves…

            Now- returning to the topic at hand. I do not hate America, for her roots remain intact. The founded government has been infiltrated with elitist objective for some time. The heart of its people is still alive however, a nation built by a diverse population of immigrants seeking freedom from tyranny elsewhere in the modern world.

          • BuzzCoastin

            maybe I was a little hard on you
            sorry, didn’t mean to bruise your ego

            > Now- returning to the topic at hand. I do not hate America…
            hating America wasn’t the topic
            the topic as you framed it was about
            Homeland interventional diplomacy
            where you can be invaded by Der Homeland for the good of your country
            decided by a few “elected” officials and their unelected power base

            pointing out that America is a oligarchic dictatorship isn’t hating America
            at the very least it’s a statement of fact
            and at best a patriotic gesture

            in answer to you first hypothetical question
            I don’t have enough information
            it’s none of my business
            and unless Messrs X&Y have a relationship of some type
            it’s none of their business either
            and hearsay isn’t evidence, it’s gossip

            oh & PS: there’s no way I’m respected anywhere
            especially here

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            The topic at hand was not about hating America, as you rightly point out. The article is about interventional diplomacy or specifically, the US invasion of Iraq and subsequent birth deformities due to metal exposure from the bombings there.

            You cited Bush & Cheney responsible, and I agree… but I also thought about Hussein & Sons, and the genocide they committed on their own people. And of course Hitler then came to mind, of all the sick shit he had done. If he was allowed to continue, there is no doubt democracy would have been doomed. Natzi powers had spread like disease. Those types of dictatorships don’t even compare to whatever an elite rule is today. Not yet, anyway. And I think that’s where you and I disagree.

            Modern US diplomacy originated from the outcome of WW2 when the country emerged as chief superpower of the world. There has been controversy about whether America has the right to police ever since. Korea, Vietnam, etc. For as hypocritical as the democratic notion has become over the years, it’s citizens still enjoy freedoms only imagined elsewhere on the planet.

            Some will argue that the war in Iraq wasn’t necessary. In 1990 there was concern of another holocaust, Kuwait… The second time maybe it was just about fucking oil, who knows. For obvious reasons, the military doesn’t release sensitive information to the public. Which brings us to your other point. “A few elected officials and their unelected power base” are making the decisions. This is true. But at some level you have to trust they are doing the right thing. No one wants to see civilian casualties or babies being born deformed. That’s horribly wrong. It’s a privilege in democratic society to openly challenge this stuff. We’ve had to wage war for that.

            I wish the majority of people will understand that after November 6th.

          • BuzzCoastin

            that’s a pretty mainstream view of things for Disinfo

            interesting that that got liked

            > But at some level you have to trust they are doing the right thing.
            that’s just over the top for here
            even my 90 year old Gramma knows that that’s bullshit
            in fact,
            I’m willing to bet the majority of Americans think exactly opposite that statement
            but they’re also willing to turn a blind eye if it doesn’t impact them

            all Empires see it as their right to be world ruler
            Genghis, Tamerlane, Rome, Spain, France, Portugal, England, Germany, Japan
            and last but naught least Der Homeland of the Free
            this too shall pass

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            Yeah, on some level you have to trust. Do you honestly think a government should just declassify everything and allow the public access to security files? What planet are you on? That’s the way things work- unless you want to live in some messed up third world with no defense or national security, where the quality of life is miserable at best… because a more sophisticated country or militant gang can just walk in and fuck you.

            On some level you have to trust. Otherwise you turn into a paranoid hate-filled & antisocial loser who spends all day and every day hanging out on radical websites, trying to attack any difference in opinion on account of it sounding “mainstream.” Grow up. You seem to think you’re some bad ass anarchist with a big brain. But your overall attitude is purely confrontational, which suggests a lack of actual social skills and real life friends. Maybe your 90 year old Gramma can teach you to wipe your own ass. I have better things to do than to argue with the likes of you.

            .

          • BuzzCoastin

            > trying to attack any difference in opinion on account of it sounding “mainstream.”

            dude, your opinion is so mainstream, you must be an NSA troll

            > because a more sophisticated country or militant gang can just walk in and fuck you

            the Homelanders keeping the secretes are the fuckers
            Der Homeland has been invaded by only 1 country in it’s history
            so your fear is unfounded & psyop induced

            > On some level you have to trust. Otherwise you turn into a paranoid hate-filled & antisocial loser

            if you trust the Homelanders you give away your freedom
            all the paranoid losers are people who believe the Homeland BS

            > But your overall attitude is purely confrontational
            dumdshits deserve a slap in the face for being dumbshits
            there’s just too many dumbshits to let it go unabated

            if you can’t take the heat
            stay out of the kitchen

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            Wow, look at all the votes!

            So anyway Mr Buzz, I woke up yesterday feelin kinda grumpy and the very first thing I read was your “heated” reply from earlier. You did manage to stir me up a bit, you devil- much like these trolls you are always talking about.

            No, I’m not from NSA don’t be paranoid :)

            > Der Homeland has been invaded by only 1 country in it’s history

            BECAUSE of national security.

            > if you trust the Homelanders you give away your freedom
            all the paranoid losers are people who believe the Homeland BS

            I’m grateful I don’t have to live in a place like fucking Iraq.
            Say, how did it come to be that America is just so darn well off, anyways?
            Ah just dumb luck, I suppose.

            > dumdshits deserve a slap in the face for being dumbshits

            Agreed. Personally, I’m really more of a clown’s prick if you rub me the wrong way…

            ^ Like with this arrogant style of typed response, as I feel I am expressing valid points and not really being taken seriously.

          • BuzzCoastin

            you are so mainstream it’s amazing you’re here

            > Wow, look at all the votes!
            I’m going to get some extra accounts too.
            Then I can vote me up.

            the reason Der Homeland has never been invaded is because
            it’s in the middle of 2 of the largest oceans in the world
            surrounded by weak disunited opponents
            if that’s what you mean by national security
            I agree

            > Say, how did it come to be that America is just so darn well off, anyways?
            it starts with stealing the land of the American Indians
            but America’s wealth is not a justification of its actions
            and since when does someone else’s suckfull conditions
            make mine better

            > I’m grateful I don’t have to live in a place like fucking Iraq.
            it was trashed by US machinations going back over a century
            so I wish you had lived there,
            you be singing a different tune now

            ever lived or even been outside the Land of the Free?
            I have
            there isn’t any place richer and more developed
            but
            there isn’t anyplace more debauched & morally bankrupt either

            it’s called the land of the free
            because its a police state
            and you’d know that
            if you ever got out of there for more than a few weeks

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            For fucks sake. Americans didn’t steal land from the indians any more or less than all people and all land any time in history, anywhere in the world. Tell me, where was Iraq before evil white man came? If its people had progressed beyond living in a cursed desert maybe they wouldn’t have gotten trashed as you put it, in the first place. Once upon a time in a land far far away, it was discovered that oil could reshape the world and further develop civilization. As it turned out, there is a shitload of it in the middle east. The rest is history. THE END.

            P.S. The United States is run by a small group of elite which controls legislature in order to gain monetary dominance. It exercises force to ensure this power is maintained.

            Only a punk teenager or a very immature grown up argues indefinitely and calls someone “mainstream.” You don’t know anything about me personally, and you don’t get to decide whether my opinions belong on disinfo or not. I hit this site up often and I like it quite a lot, so obviously I relate for a reason. Now I’m going to offer you a useful piece of advice when communicating with others. You can just laugh it off like you have with everything else I say or you can breathe in the light, man. Instead of repeating the same tune over and over like a pop radio hit, why don’t you LISTEN and try to understand where someone else is coming from. When two meet at a common place and focus there… then both minds can expand and learn from the other. We have spoken much to each other in the past few days. Even in heated debate, I feel I’ve learned a few things from your philosophy. So I’m appreciative for that. Take it easy, see ya around.

          • Andrew

            > Do you honestly think a government should just declassify everything and
            allow the public access to security files?

            I do.

            > What planet are you on?

            The wrong one, clearly.

          • Calypso_1

            Funny thing is they could open all the records & the world might not change much. Given the phlegmatic mindset of the average human all you need is a generally intact religious framework, TV & cheeseburgers to keep things rolling.

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            I’m not sure anyone here understands what I’m trying to say. Did you forget about nuclear and biological research? I’m pretty sure the world might change a little if that info was public access.

          • Calypso_1

            Are you kidding? Most of the public can’t do calculus much less understand high level research. If you are assuming that access to information can readily be transformed into working models you are totally discounting the level of infrastructure, technical expertise & material resource required for such endeavor.
            There is an immense amount of dangerous unclassified info already available to the public. That is why deterrence is focussed more on materials acquisition than knowledge.

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            But then again, what about actual countries like Iran or N. Korea or regions of former USSR? It is more than plausible that a semi-developed nation with an unstable government or terrorist organization would use it. Anyone can look up everything from how to make a molotov cocktail to splitting hydrogen molecules but no military in the world is going to openly give up details on the latest weapons and surveillance, combat operations, locations and identities of agents, etc. Then there’s addresses of labs that contain samples of lethal viruses both organic and technological… why would you want that?! Even though US diplomacy hasn’t been exactly fair practice over the years, one can only imagine the catastrophic planetary results of a compromised security. I can’t believe there is an argument about this. But please, go on…

          • Calypso_1

            Ah we weren’t talking about the ‘public’ then. Bunch of silly gits anyway.

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            Andrew, if that happened we’d all be fucking dead.

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            Yeah, on some level you have to trust. Do you honestly think a government should just declassify everything and allow the public access to security files? What planet are you on? That’s the way things work- unless you want to live in some messed up third world with no defense or national security, where the quality of life is miserable at best… because a more sophisticated country or militant gang can just walk in and fuck you.

            On some level you have to trust. Otherwise you turn into a paranoid hate-filled & antisocial loser who spends all day and every day hanging out on radical websites, trying to attack any difference in opinion on account of it sounding “mainstream.” Grow up. You seem to think you’re some bad ass anarchist with a big brain. But your overall attitude is purely confrontational, which suggests a lack of actual social skills and real life friends. Maybe your 90 year old Gramma can teach you to wipe your own ass. I have better things to do than to argue with the likes of you.

            .

          • BuzzCoastin

            that’s a pretty mainstream view of things for Disinfo

            interesting that that got liked

            > But at some level you have to trust they are doing the right thing.
            that’s just over the top for here
            even my 90 year old Gramma knows that that’s bullshit
            in fact,
            I’m willing to bet the majority of Americans think exactly opposite that statement
            but they’re also willing to turn a blind eye if it doesn’t impact them

            all Empires see it as their right to be world ruler
            Genghis, Tamerlane, Rome, Spain, France, Portugal, England, Germany, Japan
            and last but naught least Der Homeland of the Free
            this too shall pass

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            The topic at hand was not about hating America, as you rightly point out. The article is about interventional diplomacy or specifically, the US invasion of Iraq and subsequent birth deformities due to metal exposure from the bombings there.

            You cited Bush & Cheney responsible, and I agree… but I also thought about Hussein & Sons, and the genocide they committed on their own people. And of course Hitler then came to mind, of all the sick shit he had done. If he was allowed to continue, there is no doubt democracy would have been doomed. Natzi powers had spread like disease. Those types of dictatorships don’t even compare to whatever an elite rule is today. Not yet, anyway. And I think that’s where you and I disagree.

            Modern US diplomacy originated from the outcome of WW2 when the country emerged as chief superpower of the world. There has been controversy about whether America has the right to police ever since. Korea, Vietnam, etc. For as hypocritical as the democratic notion has become over the years, it’s citizens still enjoy freedoms only imagined elsewhere on the planet.

            Some will argue that the war in Iraq wasn’t necessary. In 1990 there was concern of another holocaust, Kuwait… The second time maybe it was just about fucking oil, who knows. For obvious reasons, the military doesn’t release sensitive information to the public. Which brings us to your other point. “A few elected officials and their unelected power base” are making the decisions. This is true. But at some level you have to trust they are doing the right thing. No one wants to see civilian casualties or babies being born deformed. That’s horribly wrong. It’s a privilege in democratic society to openly challenge this stuff. We’ve had to wage war for that.

            I wish the majority of people will understand that after November 6th.

          • BuzzCoastin

            maybe I was a little hard on you
            sorry, didn’t mean to bruise your ego

            > Now- returning to the topic at hand. I do not hate America…
            hating America wasn’t the topic
            the topic as you framed it was about
            Homeland interventional diplomacy
            where you can be invaded by Der Homeland for the good of your country
            decided by a few “elected” officials and their unelected power base

            pointing out that America is a oligarchic dictatorship isn’t hating America
            at the very least it’s a statement of fact
            and at best a patriotic gesture

            in answer to you first hypothetical question
            I don’t have enough information
            it’s none of my business
            and unless Messrs X&Y have a relationship of some type
            it’s none of their business either
            and hearsay isn’t evidence, it’s gossip

            oh & PS: there’s no way I’m respected anywhere
            especially here

          • Anomaly_of_Anomie

            I’m not sure what you mean, since I’m now lost in Hypothetical-land and it smells like shit down here. I do understand sarcasm though, so I guess I’ll choose uh, “d.”

            I realize you are a regular and respected visitor on the site, so allow me to introduce myself properly. Maybe that way we can enjoy a philosophical debate in the future without you having to act like a dick.

            I’ve been hanging around disinfo long enough to see that there are a handful of online identities who form a kind of camaraderie. I assume this is because you appreciate each other’s sometimes dissimilar views (in contrast to a majority of sheep thoughts infesting the cyber world) and also regarding the supposed motives of the alleged NWO, of which I may or may not have material to submit personally. I would like to make friends, not enemies here on disinfo because I feel it is an informative website which attracts intelligent people who are not so easily ruled by the system, with the intention of keeping things real. Let us not allow our egos to get ahead of ourselves…

            Now- returning to the topic at hand. I do not hate America, for her roots remain intact. The founded government has been infiltrated with elitist objective for some time. The heart of its people is still alive however, a nation built by a diverse population of immigrants seeking freedom from tyranny elsewhere in the modern world.

          • BuzzCoastin

            now you’re betraying your Homeland indoctrination
            which is:
            stick your nose in other peoples beeswax &
            offer unsolicited tough love help

            hypothetical questions are like assholes
            everyone’s got’em

            how’bout
            I heard Bush and his family ran a drug operation through the CIA?
            should I:
            a) call the cops?
            b) appeal to China for help?
            c) tell everybody I know that I know this?
            d) simply mind my own business and allow the known circumstances to continue?
            e) none of the above
            f) all of the above

      • BuzzCoastin

        not that I’m taking sides either, but
        I didn’t mention Saddam because he wasn’t an American
        wasn’t ruler of a country supposedly dedicated to freedom and the rule of law

        > Hitlerian dictatorships need to be stopped for the sake of humanity and democracy

        yeah? then let’s start with Amerika first
        until Amerika overthrows the dictatorship of the elites
        it shouldn’t mess with other countries dictators
        in fact
        Amerika would do well to mind its own business
        instead of trying to be the Big Homelander for the world

  • BuzzCoastin

    sometimes I wish there was hell
    just so I could be there and watch Bush & Cheney tormented for their atrocities

  • Simiantongue

    Deformed bodies are a reflection of the deformed minds that brought them about. Manifestations of the madness and debauchery of humanities wars. Something Magickal about that.

    (I mean debauchery in the the more archaic- seduction from duty, allegiance, or virtue.)

  • Roark

    War is hell. Would you rather live in fear in a world where muslim sharia law is god?

    • Andrew

      False dilemma.

  • A. Patriot

    AMERICA IS DYING AT THE HAND OF A TERRORIST MUSLIM, barry soetoro (aka barrack HUSSEIN MOHAMMED obama) and evidently all of you bleeding heart LIBERALS prefer that over RETALIATING FOR THE TWIN TOWERS BEING BROUGHT DOWN BY MILITANT TERRORIST MUSLIMS, KILLING OVER 3,000 PEOPLE IN AMERICA, BABIES INCLUDED !!!

    The last time I looked, that sort of “activity” is an ACT OF WAR !!!!!

    GEORGE BUSH DID WHAT ANY RED BLOODED AMERICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE DONE !!! barry soetoro is an ANTI-AMERICAN UN RED BLOODED TRAITOR !!!! If he continues as so-called “president” and gets his wish all you BRAINIACS will be standing in bread lines fighting over scraps provided FOR YOU BY THE COMMUNIST DEMONCRAT PARTY COMRADES !!!!

    soetoro is the EVIL ONE HERE !!!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!! NOW, EVEN MORE THAN EVER !!!!

    • Andrew

      Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

      I agree with you for the most part about Obama, but I judge Bush as approximately as evil.

    • Noah_Nine

      hahaha… he added a Mohammed to obama’s name….

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