Special Weapons’ Have a Fallout on Babies in Fallujah

June 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm (middle east, women of color)

today i feel like anyone who supports this war is heartless.  ii realize this a sweeping statement.

here is the problem: it is not just this generation of children being born (when they survive) with conginental deformities.  but that (i bet) we are going to see generations of children born still suffering.  imagine a woman who has not been born yetgiving birth to a child with illnesses and deformities because we bombed their country 50 years ago.

what are we doing.

there is a place a moment when ignorance is no longer an excuse.

this is our moment.

Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after “special weaponry” was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah.

In addition, depleted uranium (DU) munitions, which contain low-level radioactive waste, were used heavily in Fallujah. The Pentagon admits to having used 1,200 tons of DU in Iraq thus far.

“Maternal exposure to toxins and radioactive material can lead to miscarriage and frequent abortions, still birth, and congenital malformation,” the doctor told IPS. There have been many such cases, and the government “did not move to contain the damage, or present any assistance to the hospital whatsoever.

A senior Iraqi health ministry official was quoted as saying Feb. 26 that the health sector is under “great pressure”, with scores of doctors killed, an exodus of medical personnel, poor medical infrastructure, and shortage of medicines.

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