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Iraqi Birth Defects Worse Than Hiroshima

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(UPDATE: Several commenters pointed out to us that the site we linked the previous story to has indulged in bizarre conspiracy theories. We instead link you directly to the research conducted by the Cancer & Birth Defects Foundation that concluded that genetic damage in Falluja, Iraq was worse than Hiroshima.)

While US bombs aren’t dropping over Baghdad anymore they are still destroying lives.:

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Genetic damage and health in Fallujah Iraq worse than Hiroshima

Results of a population-based epidemiological study organized by Malak Hamdan and Chris Busby are published tomorrow in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH) based in Basle, Switzerland. They show increases in cancer, leukemia and infant mortality and perturbations of the normal human population birth sex ratio significantly greater than those reported for the survivors of the A-Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Results of a survey in Jan/Feb 2010 of 711 houses and more than 4000 individuals in Fallujah show that in the five years following the 2004 attacks by USA-led forces there has been a 4-fold increase in all cancer. Interestingly, the spectrum of cancer is similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionizing radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout. By comparing the sample population rates to the cancer rates in Egypt and Jordan, researchers found there has been a 38-fold increase in leukemia (20 cases) almost a 10-fold increase in female breast cancer (12 cases) and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults

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Video: Famed Iraqi Feminist Yanar Mohammed whose organization has documented the toxic legacy of the U.S. military’s munitions in Iraq by interviewing Iraqi mothers who face an epidemic of birth defects is interviewed on Democracy Now.

Also See:

Iraq: War’s legacy of Cancer

Research links rise in Falluja birth defects and cancers to US assault

The fog of war: white phosphorus, Fallujah and some burning questions

Scientists urge shell clear-up to protect civilians

Iraq’s depleted uranium clean-up to cost $30m as contamination spreads

Depleted Uranium Radioactive Contamination In Iraq: An Overview

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  • Seeker

    And the reason given out for the war was that Iraq was accumulating weapons of mass destruction. How ironic.

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  • Mooneye,

    Man these pictures are horrific. I feel sorry for those poor children. I only wish there was more we could do.

  • Heinz Catsup

    No amount of words can truly describe the horrors that have been brought upon these innocent children. Despite being irreligious, however, I do believe in Karma which simply means “Action” in Sanskrit and hopefully it will bite those who ordered such atrocities in their @$$es one day, whether it be in this lifetime or the next or just whenever.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    What comes back to me when I see this is what the AMERICAN heliocopter pilot said when a civilian stopped in a car with children to help unarmed people he slaughtered and chased with his guns, as he fired on the car and was told there were children inside

    “…they should know not to bring children into a battle field…’

    One day, even I will be forced to take a side on this issue…but honestly I hope I die before I have to chose. It honestly makes me glad I am an old woman.

  • Yausari

    My God! How awful. And is the mainstream keeping quiet about this? Those JERKS!!

  • Reynardine

    It was not just white phosphorus, but spent uranium. It is the latter that deformed these babies, born almost a decade later, and will be maiming babies for generations to come.

    If using this on civilian populations is not a war crime, it should be. I note the full article even said that in the Basra area there were disfigurements from the toxins of Gulf 1, again affecting babies born years after. No doubt the worthy gentlemen who implemented these measures are fervently” pro-life”.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Stuff like that tends not to be mentioned in the ‘We iz liberating themz’ and ‘they hates us for our freedomz’ orations.

  • Reynardine

    He was the best of the best, yes. And as Anonymous was said to have disabled Karl Rove’s vote-hacking program on Election Day.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Like when Martin Luther King removed the power of racists through non violence?

  • mindy1

    OMG :'( I did not know that white phosphorus had such horrid effects. I just want an end to all fighting, we are 99% the same genetically

  • Reynardine

    The trick is to learn how to take power away from them without becoming them.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Indeed it has. It is maddening to know that it is nearly always lunatics in power.

  • Reynardine

    Tanveer, you are a good human being. Do not let bitterness overtake you, no matter what.

  • Reynardine

    Why are these not war crimes? Why are they not crimes against humanity? Why not genocide? Civilians were forced back into Fallujah so they could be bombed. I bet W felt he was righteously inflicting the Lard’s curse unto the seventh generation

  • Tanveer Khan

    Barbaric. That is all that needs to be said.

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