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Sunday, 26 December 2004 08:19
Returning to the Scene: A New Year in Iraq                                                                       
Cook  Dec. 26th, 2004

Select citizens of Fallujah, Iraq were allowed to go into the battered city, once known throughout the middle-east as, "The City of Mosques," to see what remains of their homes and businesses.

 

"Would Allah Want Us to Return to a City Where Animals Can?t Live?"



The American forces announced last week, those wanting to return to the heavily bombed out battleground would have to submit to retinal scanning, fingerprinting, and be required to wear photo-identification at all times. The military also said, able-bodied citizens would be press-ganged into reconstruction and reclamation teams, supervised by the American and Iraqi armies.

The returnees are viewed as politically important for the U.S. and the interim administration of American loyalist, Ayad Allawi in the run-up to the scheduled January Iraq elections. But seeing the rubble that was once his home, Fallujah resident, Yasser Satar broke down, denouncing the destruction of his city as "the crime of the century," saying, "Even animals, who have no human sense and feelings, can not live here."

Satar said he would not stay in the city, preferring to return to the tent in the desert where he and his family have lived for the past seven weeks. He left, saying, "Would Allah want us to return to a city that animals can't live in?"

Destruction Unlimited

As terrible as the wanton destruction of the shrine city so important to Sunni Muslims in both Iraq and Iran is, the use by the American military of Depleted Uranium-tipped ordnance ensures the city will forever be polluted with low-level radiation.

Use of similar weapons in the Former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and in the Iraq war of 1991 is thought responsible for dramatic spikes in cancer rates and reported birth defects for both those bombed, and soldiers deployed to previously bombed ground. Dr. Jenan Ali, of Basra's College of Medicine has conducted studies of cancer in the coastal city in the south of Iraq that show a 100% rise in child leukemia, and 242% rise in a variety of malignancies since 1991.

The governments of both Britain and the United States of America refuse to accept the science, denying DU is an ecologically persistent pollution that will effect human and animal health for generations. Doug Rokke, a former American military career soldier who headed a remediation mission to clean up DU in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait following the 1991 Gulf War, says coalition failures to either follow their own policies concerning contaminated materials, or make efforts to clean-up the damaged sites is "irrelevant" because there is no way to clean up the microscopic material.

The Bush administration denies DU poses a health danger, and plans to maintain  Depleted Uranium in the U.S. arsenal. They also sell the radioactive weaponry to at least a half-dozen armies around the world. Bush was himself derisive of warnings about the health effects contained in the U.S. army's own reports, calling their findings "outdated." On the official White House web site, he dismissed other warnings on DU as "propaganda," saying,
"?[T]he Iraqi regime made false claim [sic] that the depleted uranium rounds fired by coalition forces have caused cancers and birth defects in Iraq. But scientists working for the World Health Organization [WHO], the UN Environmental Programme and the European Union could find no health effects linked to exposure to depleted uranium."

The White House does not mention the 2003 WHO study done just prior to the invasion, the results of which were quickly suppressed, and remain under wraps. One of the study's authors, Dr. Keith Baverstock claims the results were "deliberately suppressed" by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). An unidentified IAEA spokesperson denied the charge.

Meanwhile, thousands of coalition veterans from the Gulf War are sick and dying. Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a professor of nuclear medicine at Georgetown University estimated, at a 2000 Paris science conference, "tens of thousands" of US and UK troops were dying of DU. In America, a Veterans Affairs (VA) spokesperson says fully one third, some 200,000 soldiers, sent into the first Gulf War are receiving some form of disability compensations.

As U.S. bombing continued in Fallujah today, for its displaced residents there is no safe place for they, or the generations to follow, to go safely home to.

Truly a crime for the Centuries!


Chris Cook produces and hosts the weekly public affairs program, 'Gorilla Radio' broad/webcast from the University of Victoria, Canada


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http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/121804B.shtml

Little Stalingrad
by William S. Lind
LewRockwell.Com 12/22/04
http://www.lewrockwell.com/lind/lind52.html

Falluja Returnees Angry, 'City Unfit for Animals' 
by Fadil al-Badrani
Reuters   Friday, December 24, 2004 
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1224-02.htm

US Troops Ordered To Commit War Crimes
American Free Press | December 12 2004
As Americans prepared for Thanksgiving, an estimated 100,000 residents of the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, trapped in their homes, struggled to survive without fresh food, water or electricity, reportedly cut off by U.S. forces on Nov. 8.
http://www.infowars.com/articles/iraq/us_troops_ordered_war_crimes.htm

DU: Washington's Secret Nuclear War
SHAHEEN CHUGATAI / Aljazeera (Doha) 14sep04
The US has dropped tonnes of depleted uranium on Iraq.
http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/2004/DU-Secret-Nuclear-War14sep04.htm

US rejects Iraq DU clean-up
Alex Kirby
BBC News  April 14, 2003
The US says it has no plans to remove the debris left over from depleted uranium (DU) weapons it is using in Iraq.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2946715.stm

U.S. Military Obstructing Medical Care
Inter Press Service
by Dahr Jamail
BAGHDAD, Dec 13 (IPS) - The U.S. military has been preventing delivery of medical care in several instances, medical staff say.
http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com/hard_news/archives/hard_news/000157.php#more

Torture at the Top
Ari Berman
Thursday, December 23, 2004 by The Nation

Aggressive interrogation techniques in Iraq and Guant?mo Bay, many tantamount to torture, were significantly more widespread than the White House or the Pentagon has admitted. That's the startling hook based on a trove of confidential documents from the FBI and Department of Defense (DoD) released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and reported yesterday by major newspapers.
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1223-07.htm

US bombing marks return of Fallujah's displaced people
By Borzou Daragahi in Baghdad 24 December 2004
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=595866

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