[Marxism] The US covert Hiroshima in Fallujah
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The US covert Hiroshima in Fallujah
Written by Chris Floyd Sunday, 25 July 2010 21:54
Years ago, I wrote about the use of chemical
in the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004. I was
attacked at the time for my "wild accusations" by many people, across the
political spectrum, even by stalwart dissidents, who felt that such
"exaggerations" undermined the "effectiveness" of the anti-war movement,
preventing it from being taken "seriously" by the "serious" players in the
power structure. Later, of course, American military officials -- and
serving soldiers -- admitted using white phosphorus
<http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/294.html?task=view>and other chemical
weapons in the assault.
Over the years, small-scale medical studies have pointed to the horrific
effects of these USA-WMD attacks. Now, a new comprehensive medical study has
shown that the "dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukemia"
in Fallujah since 2004 have "exceeded those reported by survivors of the
atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945," The Independent
The Independent story follows up on an initial video report by top BBC
-- a story that was almost universally ignored, not only in the
fawning corporate press but also across the "dissident" blogosphere (except
by a very few, such as Winter
Both stories make clear that the chief victims of the American WMD are,
Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by
the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born
with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also
seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between
US troops and insurgents.
Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in
all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant
mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring
Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.
Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of
the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is
difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He
added that "to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic
exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened".
US Marines first besieged and bombarded Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad,
in April 2004 after four employees of the American security company
Blackwater were killed and their bodies burned. After an eight-month
stand-off, the Marines stormed the city in November using artillery and
aerial bombing against rebel positions. US forces later admitted that they
had employed white phosphorus as well as other munitions.
The background here is good as far as it goes, but it omits the salient
point of that mutilation of American mercenaries; it followed a series of
security shoot-em-ups that killed a number of innocent civilians in
Fallujah. The attacks on the Blackwater mercenaries were a violent reprisal
for murders committed by foreign agents in the midst of an illegal act of
military aggression. But, as always, the American revenge for the attacks
was vastly disproportionate: an entire city destroyed, thousands of people
killed -- and generations of terrible suffering for innocent children -- all
to get "payback" for four mercenaries.
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