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Monday, November 28, 2011

White phosphorus weaponry: The legacy

In previous posts, we've looked at the appalling use of white phosphorous as a weapon in Fallujah and elsewhere. You may not know that these weapons, along with depleted uranium shells, can create horrendous birth defects. Go here -- but I warn you, you will not be able to look at the images for more than a second.
Children's hair in Gaza and Falluhja was shown to have a high metal load with at least 10 metals being detected in various amounts and combinations. These metals have toxic, carcinogenic and teratogenic action as shown by scientific research, and confirmed by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classification...

The fact that these metals remain in the environment and accumulate in the human body makes their effects potentially more dangerous for the population with the passage of time, particularly given their ongoing consumption and absorption from the environment and atmosphere, as well as through metal-contaminated food and water.
These defects are also present in residential areas located near testing grounds for modern weaponry.
I couldnt look. I am already totally disgusted with the use of these weapons.

To me its a clear war crime. But of course, war crime is a two stage definition. You have to lose a war to be a war criminal.

Remember when a journalist had all his imagery/cameras stolen from his hotel when he returned from covering Fallujah? One of our least talked about abuses.

When we had a week of poetry hours at Occupy Boston one of the Iraq vets who was there got up and read a spontaneous account of Fallujah. These young men may also find their future families suffering from birth defects.

So many issues, so little coverage. Thanks for your topics, Joseph...check out Senate bill by McCain. Had he been president, this would've been shrieked about. Now, not so much.
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