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The above is an old Iraqi saying.  It means, according to this post, that the difference between two people is so small that expecting a difference in behavior or outcome between them is unrealistic.  

More on that later.

The real news of the day:  

As we have long suspected, cancer rates are sky-rocketing in Fallujah from the double assault by the US military in 2004.

Birth defects are very, very high also, and infant deaths are very, very high, and there are other signs of genetic abnormalities in Fallujah.

This comes from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Here is the abstract of the study:

Abstract: There have been anecdotal reports of increases in birth defects and cancer in Fallujah, Iraq blamed on the use of novel weapons (possibly including depleted uranium) in heavy fighting which occurred in that town between US led forces and local elements in 2004. In Jan/Feb 2010 the authors organised a team of researchers who visited 711 houses in Fallujah, Iraq and obtained responses to a questionnaire in Arabic on cancer, birth defects and infant mortality. The total population in the resulting sample was 4,843 persons with and overall response rate was better than 60%.

Relative Risks for cancer were age-standardised and compared to rates in the Middle East Cancer Registry (MECC, Garbiah Egypt) for 1999 and rates in Jordan 1996–2001. Between Jan 2005 and the survey end date there were 62 cases of cancer malignancy reported (RR = 4.22; CI: 2.8, 6.6; p < 0.00000001) including 16 cases of childhood cancer 0-14 (RR = 12.6; CI: 4.9, 32; p <0.00000001). Highest risks were found in all-leukaemia in the age groups 0-34 (20 cases RR = 38.5; CI: 19.2, 77; p < 0.00000001), all lymphoma 0–34 (8 cases, RR = 9.24;CI: 4.12, 20.8; p < 0.00000001), female breast cancer 0–44 (12 cases RR = 9.7;CI: 3.6, 25.6; p < 0.00000001) and brain tumours all ages (4 cases, RR = 7.4;CI: 2.4, 23.1; P < 0.004).</p>

Infant mortality was based on the mean birth rate over the 4 year period 2006–2009 with 1/6th added for cases reported in January and February 2010. There were 34 deaths in the age group 0–1 in this period giving a rate of 80 deaths per 1,000 births. This may be compared with a rate of 19.8 in Egypt (RR = 4.2 p <0.00001) 17 in Jordan in 2008 and 9.7 in Kuwait in 2008. The mean birth sex-ratio in the recent 5-year cohort was anomalous. Normally the sex ratio in human populations is a constant with 1,050 boys born to 1,000 girls. This is disturbed if there is a genetic damage stress. The ratio of boys to 1,000 girls in the 0–4, 5–9, 10–14 and 15–19 age cohorts in the Fallujah sample were 860, 1,182, 1,108 and 1,010 respectively suggesting genetic damage to the 0–4 group (p < 0.01). </p>

They cannot determine exactly what type of bombs or explosives caused these cancers and birth defects (and it could be more than one), but it is clearly the result of the US destruction of the city of Fallujah in 2004.  Depleted uranium is suspected, but there were other chemicals used also.

This destruction came about because of an illegal war of aggression on the part of the US.  Iraq did not have an air force or navy, and they did not have any WMDs (and our politicians either knew that and lied, or they are dumb as rocks).  Iraq had no way of harming the USA, and did not threaten us.  They could not harm Americans until Americans stepped on their soil.  And once American troops did that, we committed a war crime – a crime of aggression.

It is a hideously shameful event in our country’s history, but not unexpected in light of our country being founded on genocide and slavery.

The research is solid – Fallujah is suffering from some carcinogen that is impacting on their very genetic makeup.  And it affects the unborn and the young children the most.  And it will stay with the people of Fallujah for HUNDREDS OF YEARS AT THE MINIMUM.  

(To all those hypocrites out there who supported this war and call them selves "pro-life" --- what do you have to say for yourselves now?)

And who was in charge of the destruction of Fallujah?  LGEN James Mattis, who is now up for being head of US Central Command.

Here is what one company commander under Mattis had to say before the Fallujah assault:

"You have to understand the Arab mind," one company commander told the New York Times, displaying all the self-assurance of Douglas MacArthur discoursing on Orientals in 1945. "The only thing they understand is force -- force, pride and saving face." Far from representing the views of a few underlings, such notions penetrated into the upper echelons of the American command. In their book "Cobra II," Michael R. Gordon and Gen. Bernard E. Trainor offer this ugly comment from a senior officer: "The only thing these sand niggers understand is force and I'm about to introduce them to it."

That is the kind of mind-set that Mattis is promoting.  And he has had quite a few ugly evil comments of his own to share:

Like - how it is "fun to fight 'em.  It's a hell of a hoot" and "it's fun to shoot some people" and "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years, because they didn't wear a veil.  You know guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway.  So it is a hell of a lot of fun to shoot 'em."

I can assure you that Mattis does not give a rat’s ass about domestic abuse, or women, in Afghanistan.  To even suggest he does is lunacy of the highest order.  He does not even care about keeping people alive:

Mattis may also come under scrutiny during his Senate confirmation for the way he handled charges against eight Marines for the November 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in the Iraqi city of Haditha, especially since one of the key strategies of current U.S. policy in Afghanistan is to reduce civilian casualties.

The Marines at Haditha killed the Iraqis in their homes, including women and children, in what survivors described as an indiscriminate shooting spree after a fellow Marine was killed by a roadside bomb. A military investigation found that none of the dead were insurgents or had threatened the troops.

As head of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif. , however, Mattis dismissed many of the charges. One Marine, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich , is still to be tried, with that proceeding set to begin Sept. 13.

In writing his reasons for dropping unpremeditated murder charges against one of the Marines, Lance Cpl. Justin I. Sharratt,

Mattis said that brutality, including the death of innocents, is a part of war.

Yeap, it is just a part of war for Mattis.  He’s not concerned about it and will take no steps to mitigate the death or suffering of innocent civilians.  He will take no steps to mitigate the brutality, because he feels it is a heck of a lot of fun to shoot some people.  My guess is he would feel it was "fun" to shoot anyone he could get away with.

And now, today, they are proposing that LGEN James Mattis be put in charge of US Central Command.  Secretary Gates says that he has learned to control his mouth.  But, how will this look to the people of Fallujah, whose lives are devastated by the US bombing and destruction?  How will this look to the people of Haditha, who had 24 unarmed civilians killed by US troops, and then totally excused (except for one person) by Mattis?  Imagine being this little girl, who saw her mother’s head get blasted off by US bullets, saw her father and grandparents killed, and played dead under their dying bodies to escape alive:

"Her story is written in the blood of those closest to her."

She will carry scars on her body for the rest of her life.

In light of this, we must take action to stop Mattis from being appointed to US Central Command.  We must call the White House and our US Senators and tell them to stop this appointment.  To fail to do so is to piss in the face of every decent US man or women who is serving in the US military.

And as to the title of this piece, here is a part of a report from an Iraqi:

"Away goes the white dog and now comes the black dog". When it comes to the American war on Islam there is no difference worth talking about between the Obama administration and the Bush Administration. None. Obama is carrying forward, and expanding, Bush’s war against Muslims. He is a little less vicious, somewhat more efficient, and a lot better at putting a pretty mask on the evil that America does in Muslim lands.

"Away goes the white dog and now comes the black dog". Both Bush and Obama are commanders in chief of armed forces renowned for their deliberate attacks on civilians as an act of policy approved at the highest levels of their command structure.

.....   "Away goes the white dog and now comes the black dog". There is no difference between the (Democrat) Secretary of State who says that 500,000 dead Iraki children is a price she thinks worth paying and the Republican one who describes the children slaughtered by the Israelis in Lebanon as the "birth pangs of a new Middle East".

......  By appointing a man such as this as overall commander for the American forces of invasion and occupation of both Afghanistan and Irak the Obama administration has proved yet again that the differences between them and the Bush administration that preceded them are so small as to be irrelevant.


We must stop this evil.  Protest the appointment of Mattis, and protest the continuation of these evil occupations.  Call the White House TOMORROW MORNING.

Take a look at the evil we visited on Iraq over the years while you are on hold.

Originally posted to dancewater on Mon Jul 12, 2010 at 03:40 PM PDT.

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