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What Weapons Did We Use?

Birth defects in Fallujah, Iraq have risen to the point where doctors at the new American built hospital are recommending that the women who live there stop having children! Seriously! Too many of the children they have been producing as of late remind me of the youngest victims of  Agent Orange I saw last year in Vietnam. Agent Orange was not used in Iraq. We don't know what was used in Fallujah when the U.S. destroyed the old hospital and massacred the town in 2004. And the Pentagon ain't saying. In Vietnam: American Holocaust we documented the illegal use of white phosphorous in Fallujah but I doubt that these birth defects are product of "Willy Pete" alone. It is widely believed, and not without reason, that a whole range of new weapons, experimental weapons, were "tested" in Fallujah. Is there any truths to these rumors and does this have anything to do with the rise in birth defects?


Or is this merely the effects of white phosphorus, perhaps mixed with a little depleted uranium? Should we simply clear out the whole area, give them Wyoming in compensation? So the question must be put directly to the Pentagon and to the Obama administration that claims to be charge, and the answer must be insisted upon "Exactly what did you use in Fallujah?" The answer is vital to the future welfare of these children and all the people in that region. And while they are at it, they can figure out how to include our national responsibility to these kids, along with the Agent Orange babies of Vietnam, to our national health care plans. Surely we owe them that much.

This story also reveals the criminal complicity of the American Media with these war crimes. This story was reported on March 4 by the BBC, by the BBC mind you, not some left wing newspaper or 911 website, and I have not heard of one report in the U.S. media about it. Even  Keith Olbermann has been silent.

That these tragic children should be the result of a bogus search for illegal weapons that weren't  even there! Is not truth turned on its head? So the question must now be asked and answered Mr. President "What WMD did we use in Iraq?" and then some people in the last administration need to go to jail.

IMHO nothing reveals the criminal nature of our wars like the children that are born after them. This three minute BBC World News report is not to be missed. Watch it, then ask why this is not being reported by the American media.

Originally posted to Linux Beach on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 05:42 PM PST.

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  •  If the Corporate media had done their job, (3+ / 0-)

    we'd have never invaded Iraq to begin with.

    ...ask why this is not being reported by the American media.

    And now that troops are sort of beginning to come home, the media would rather not leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth.

    Yes, the Brits score yet another one over the American Corporate Press.

  •  My reaction to (1+ / 0-)
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    One Pissed Off Liberal

    your title question was, "God,I hope not."

    And, as chance would have it, this diary immediately follows IGTNT on the Recent Diaries list.

    If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.--A Boston cabbie, to Gloria Steinem, in the 1970s

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:07:29 PM PST

  •  Given that agent orange.... (2+ / 0-)
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    jds1978, sulthernao

    ....is an herbicide.... why the hell would we have used it?

    It was used in Vietnam to kill undergrowth and strip out the cover that the VC and NVA were using.

  •  This issue should be brought to light (4+ / 0-)

    but there are serious problems with this diary:

    We don't know what was used in Fallujah when the U.S. destroyed the old hospital and massacred the town in 2004.

    You should be less reckless in how you attribute these actions, unless it's your intention to condemn the entire United States of America.  I suggest in future you refer to such actions as being on the part of the Bush regime, or at very least say "US forces" or "regime forces."

    And the Pentagon ain't saying.

    Who asked?  When did they ask?  What did they ask?  Whom did they ask?  What documents have been requested?  Have any requests been denied (since they can't be ignored)?  This would be important information to note.

    we documented the illegal use of white phosphorous in Fallujah

    The Pentagon admitted in 2005 that it used white phosphorus in Fallujah.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    What remains in contention is how it was used.

    It is widely believed, and not without reason, that a whole range of new weapons, experimental weapons, were "tested" in Fallujah.

    Widely believed by whom?  What is the reason(s) you refer to?  Don't post innuendo as a substitute for concrete information.

    Or is this merely the effects of white phosphorus, perhaps mixed with a little depleted uranium?

    Are there other explanations you're not considering, such as toxic building materials exposed to air when the buildings were bombed?  Your case will be that much stronger if you take into consideration all the possibilities.

    So the question must be put directly to the Pentagon

    Well, have you put it to them?

    and to the Obama administration that claims to be charge

    You're not doing any service to your credibility with this bizarre and petulant dig at the Obama administration.  You sound reflexively hostile to government authority rather than straightforwardly addressing an issue.

    This story was reported on March 4 by the BBC, by the BBC mind you, not some left wing newspaper or 911 website, and I have not heard of one report in the U.S. media about it.

    I agree, it wasn't given much attention.  But it did receive some US coverage.

    CBS News
    Discover Magazine

    So the question must now be asked and answered Mr. President "What WMD did we use in Iraq?" and then some people in the last administration need to go to jail.

    Why are you focusing on the President?  In fact, why is "Obama" in your tags when Bush, Rumsfeld, et al are not?  Because he's the President, do you think it makes sense to include him in the tags to any diary that involves anything happening in the US government, ever?  

    Watch it, then ask why this is not being reported by the American media.

    Because the story is four decades old and probably has been reported, repeatedly?

    •  Look Forward To Your Report (0+ / 0-)

      I did what I had time to do, which didn't including making my own requests to the pentagon and awaiting a reply. When I said

      Watch it, then ask why this is not being reported by the American media.

      I was referring to the BBC report not the Agent Orange report. I guess I could have been clearer, I didn't know there were people like you that would be confused.

      [Although in the 40 years I have been following the issue, I have never seen or heard of a program on TV, even PBS, dealing with Agent Orange children in Vietnam, or Friendship Village. Since you are big on specifics perhaps you can tell me what was broadcast and when?]

      Anyway since you agree that this story needs to be aired and since you find my effort inadequate, I look forward to your more in-dept blog since I'm sure you didn't mean to imply that no story is better than my story.

  •  What Troubadour said. I agree. (0+ / 0-)

    That said, caution, horrible photos.....DU is always suspect in birth defects.

    Gulf War Vets been on DU for years, since the first Bush invasion.

  •  who is the american version of Chemical Ali? (1+ / 0-)
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    Clay Claiborne

    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

    by Indiana Bones on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 07:56:39 PM PST

  •  First Gulf War used lots of depleted uranium (3+ / 0-)

    in its munitions. The time since then has allowed this toxic metal to travel into many parts of the environment. Birth defects due to this were predicted then and now appear to be happening.

    Health is the first requisite after morality - T. Jefferson

    by OHdog on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 08:05:49 PM PST

  •  Depleted Uranium for sure (1+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler

    As people do/don't know, there was a problem in Iraq with birth defects before 2001, from our friendly bombing campaign, and the previous "Gulf War."

    I know we were using lots of DU there, because of reporting at the time, and also because I know someone who was there. He defended the use of DU to me at the time. Said we really needed it because it would penetrate tanks and the like. There were tanks in Fallujah?

    Radiation = birth defects.

    As would chemicals, of course.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 02:13:42 AM PST

  •  DU in Falluja (1+ / 0-)
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    Clay Claiborne

    From the new hospital in Falluja

     ... "I am a doctor. I have to be scientific in my talk. I have nothing documented. But I can tell you that year by year, the number [is] increasing." The specialist, like other medical staff at the hospital, seemed nervous about talking too openly about the problem.

    They were well aware that what they said went against the government version, and we were told privately that the Iraqi authorities are anxious not to embarrass the Americans over the issue.
    There are no official figures for the incidence of birth defects in Fallujah.

    The US military authorities are absolutely correct when they say they are not aware of any official reports indicating an increase in birth defects in Fallujah - no official reports exist.

    But it is impossible, as a visitor, not to be struck by the terrible number of cases of birth defects there. We heard many times that officials in Fallujah had warned women that they should not have children. We went to a clinic for the disabled, and were given details of dozens upon dozens of cases of children with serious birth defects. One photograph I saw showed a newborn baby with three heads.

    John Simpson for Common Dreams

    We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire... Chalmers Johnson

    by truong son traveler on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 05:59:28 AM PST

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