Soaring birth deformities and child cancer rates in Iraq


moghrabi
#1
Iraqi doctors are making renewed efforts to bring to the world’s attention the growth in birth deformities and cancer rates among the country’s children. The medical crisis is being directly blamed on the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the US and British forces in southern Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and the even greater use of DU during the 2003 invasion.

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http://www.wsws.org/articles/2005/ma...iraq-m10.shtml
 
jimmoyer
#2
Do you realize the Italians sold Saddam over a million land mines? Where's the hate? Where's the anger?

Do you realize the Germans wanted to get Saddam back to having his nuclear facility before Israel destroyed it in 1981? Where's the hate? Where's the anger?

Do you realize that every 25k Saddam spent on a Palestinian family who had a son or daughter martyred as a suicide bomber begot more death immediately than this slow insidious evil depleted uranium? Where's the hate? Where's the anger?

America is going to pay the devil for that depleted uranium. The tidal wave is coming at us.

But I shudder to see the justice of the blindfolded.

Shudder.

Yep.

It's already come to a theatre near me.
 
mrmom2
#3
What are you yapping about your country will not sign the anti landmine treaty and you make some of the nastiest kinds Kind of calling the pot black is it not Jim?
 
jimmoyer
#4
I mean this more sincerely than you know.

Pot calling the kettle black?

It takes one to know one.

Which is why I wonder about the better psychologists out there, so to speak.

And yes the US is not a signatory to the land mine treaty, but you will notice that some of the signatories to that treaty manufacture landmines for export.

Go figure.

Only the pot is able to call the kettle black.

Are we now shuffling slack jawed in the same direction?

But wait....

Is it possible the current moral outrage has some side blinders?

But you're right overall on that depleted uranium. We're going to pay the devil for that.



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Reverend Blair
#5
Jim, every time your country uses a depleted uranium munition you are committing a war crime. The problem in Iraq is horrendous. So is the problem in Kosovo. The effects are just starting to show up in Afghanistan.

Your own soldiers are experiencing increased cancer rates and their kids are being born deformed.

Just sit there and make excuses though. Whatever allows you to sleep at night. Of course the parents of those dying Iraqi kids likely don't sleep very well, but don't let that bother you.
 
jimmoyer
#6
What you say is real and correct and informed Reverend Blair.

When the bagpipes play Amazing Grace, the funeral of regret is the only truth.
 
Jay
#7
"depleted uranium munition"

Since I don't spend my days bombing people I need to ask......why do they use depleted uranium munitions?
What is the avantage or how is it used?
 
jimmoyer
#8
It is effective at piercing armor.

And some efficient accountant might have found a way to make nuclear plant waste be useful to the devil.

Just a guess.

Let's all google who actually makes the stuff?
 
I think not
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by jimmoyer


Let's all google who actually makes the stuff?

Now why would we want to do that, jim?
 
LadyC
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

Just sit there and make excuses though. Whatever allows you to sleep at night. Of course the parents of those dying Iraqi kids likely don't sleep very well, but don't let that bother you.

Try reading what he's posting before commenting, B.

Quote: Originally Posted by jimmoyer

But you're right overall on that depleted uranium. We're going to pay the devil for that.

As has been discussed previously, Canada supplies the DU used for the weapons. Somehow that's different though... we've got excuses for that that allows us to sleep at night, etc.
 
mrmom2
#11
Yes we provide some of the material but we do not weaponise it.We leave that to the US The companys that sell that shit should be called out on the carpet We have sold the US a lot of raw uranium and polluted a lot of land digging the crap up
 
LadyC
#12
Quote:

Yes we provide some of the material but we do not weaponise it.We leave that to the US

Why do we always feel the need to add the "but" that will blame the US?
 
I think not
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

Yes we provide some of the material but we do not weaponise it.We leave that to the US The companys that sell that shit should be called out on the carpet We have sold the US a lot of raw uranium and polluted a lot of land digging the crap up

It's big business mrmom, nobody is calling anybody on the carpet. Was that a double negative there?
 
mrmom2
#14
I meant the Canadian companys should be called out for what they have done ITN nobody in this counrty is aware of what they are doing if they were maybe something would be done about it
 
I think not
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

I meant the Canadian companys should be called out for what they have done ITN nobody in this counrty is aware of what they are doing if they were maybe something would be done about it

Perhaps you misunderstood what I said. Whether anyone knows about it, government or the people, nothing is going to happen. It's big business, creates jobs etc....
 
mrmom2
#16
I would bet there's not that many jobs involved
 
I think not
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

I would bet there's not that many jobs involved

Perhaps not, quite a bit of money to be made though. Hey mrmom, I got "The Corporation" DVD in today (I took Revs advice), have you seen it? I'm going to watch it....several times.
 
Jay
#18
A sales guy...someone to load the truck....customer service rep.
 
mrmom2
#19
No let me know how it is I might have to look that one up myself
 
galianomama
#20
i was under the impression that the du is a waste product of power-generating nuclear-reactors. is that right?

(by the way, kids watched the corporation last night...i will be watching tonight. said it was excellent).
 
galianomama
#21
sorry - i see that questions was answered on previous page.

this story is not new...i remember reading about this problem a couple of years ago. will see if i can find info and post.
 
mrmom2
#22
Just a little story on DU
http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/pu...le_17574.shtml
 
Reverend Blair
#23
Not exactly a "little" story, Mom. Keep putting them up though.
 
moghrabi
#24
Birth Defects Soar from US Depleted Uranium (DU)
by JAMES COGAN

Soaring birth deformities and child cancer rates in Iraq are being reported.

Iraqi doctors are making renewed efforts to bring to the world's attention the growth in birth deformities and cancer rates among the country’s children.

The medical crisis is being directly blamed on the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the US and British forces in southern Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and the even greater use of DU during the 2003 invasion.

The rate of birth defects, after increasing ten-fold from 11 per 100,000 births in 1989 to 116 per 100,000 in 2001, is soaring further.

Dr Nawar Ali, a medical researcher into birth deformities at Baghdad University, told the UN's Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) last month: "There have been 650 cases [birth deformities] in total since August 2003 reported in government hospitals. That is a 20 percent increase from the previous regime. Private hospitals were not included in the study, so the number could be higher.



His colleague, Dr Ibrahim al-Jabouri, reported: "In my experiments we have found some cases where the mother and father were suffering from pollution from weapons used in the south and we believe that it is affecting newborn babies in the country."

The director of the Central Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, Wathiq Ibrahim, said: "We have asked for help from the government to make a more profound study on such cases as it is affecting thousands of families."

The rise in birth defects is matched by a continuing increase in the incidence of childhood cancers.

Six years ago, the College of Medicine at Basra University carried out a study into the rate of cancer among children under the age of 15 in southern Iraq from 1976 to 1999. It revealed a horrific change between 1990 and 1999.

In the province of Basra, the incidence of cancer of all types rose by 242 percent, while the rate of leukaemia among children rose 100 percent. Children living in the area were falling ill with cancer at the rate of 10.1 per 100,000. In districts where the use of DU had been the most concentrated, the rate rose to 13.2 per 100,000.

The results were cited at the time in campaigns to end the UN-imposed and US-enforced sanctions against Iraq, which were held responsible for the death of as many as 500,000 Iraqi children from malnutrition and inadequate medical treatment.

The study noted: "Most doctors and scientists agree that even mild radiation is dangerous and increases the risk of cancer. The health risk becomes much greater once the [DU] projectile has been fired. After they have been fired, the broken shells release uranium particles. The airborne particles enter the body easily. The uranium then deposits itself in bones, organs and cells. Children are especially vulnerable because their cells divide rapidly as they grow. In pregnant women, absorbed uranium can cross the placenta into the bloodstream of the foetus.

"In addition to its radioactive dangers, uranium is chemically toxic, like lead, and can damage the kidneys and lungs. Perhaps, the fatal epidemic of swollen abdomens among Iraqi children is caused by kidney failure resulting from uranium poisoning. Whatever the effect of the DU shells, it is made worse by malnutrition and poor health conditions....

"Iraq holds the United States and Britain legally and morally responsible for the grave health and environmental impact of the use of DU ...” (A version of the report is available at: http://www.iacenter.org/depleted/du_iraq.htm).

Terrible as these results were, the last six years have witnessed a further rise in the number of children under 15 falling ill with cancer in Iraq. The rate has now reached 22.4 per 100,000—more than five times the 1990 rate of 3.98 per 100,000.

Dr Janan Hassan of the Basra Maternity and Childrens Hospital told IRIN in November 2004 that as many as 56 percent of all cancer patients in Iraq were now children under 5, compared with just 13 percent 15 years earlier. "Also," he said, "it is notable that the number of babies born with defects is rising astonishingly. In 1990, there were seven cases of babies born with multiple congenital anomalies. This has gone up to as high as 224 cases in the past three years."

The statistics point to the long-term consequences of depleted uranium contamination. Munitions containing an estimated 300 tonnes of DU were unleashed by coalition forces in southern Iraq in 1991. A decade after the war, DU shell holes are still 1,000 times more radioactive than the normal level of background radiation. The surrounding areas are still 100 times more radioactive.

Experts surmise that fine uranium dust has been spread by the wind, contaminating swathes of the surrounding region, including Basra, which is some 200 kilometres away from sites where large numbers of DU shells were fired.

A 1997 study into the cancer rate among Iraqi soldiers who fought in the Basra area during the 1991 Gulf War found a statistically significant increase in the rate at which they were stricken with lymphomas, leukaemia, and lung, brain, gastrointestinal, bone and liver cancers, as compared to personnel who had not fought in the south.

One in four of the American personnel who fought in first Iraq war—more than 150,000 people—are also suffering a range of medical disorders collectively described as "Gulf War Syndrome". While the US military denies there is any relationship, exposure to depleted uranium is one of the factors blamed by veterans and medical researchers.

Somewhere between 1,000 and 3,000 tonnes of DU was expended during the three-week war in 2003. Unlike 1991, however, where most of the fighting took place outside major population centres, the 2003 invasion witnessed the wholesale bombardment of targets inside densely-populated cities with DU shells.

Christian Science Monitor journalist Scott Peterson registered radiation on a simple Geiger counter at levels some 1,900 times the normal background rate in parts of Baghdad in May 2003. The city has a population of six million.

Given that it was two to four years after the 1991 war before cancer and birth defect rates began to rise dramatically, the fear among medical specialists is that Iraq will face an epidemic of cancers by the end of the decade, under conditions where the medical system, devastated by years of sanctions and war, is unable to cope with the existing crisis.

Dr Amar, the deputy head of the Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra, one of the main hospitals treating Iraqi cancer patients, told the Sydney Morning Herald on April 29: "We don’t have drugs to treat tumours. I have a patient with tumours who is unconscious and I don’t have drugs or a bed in which to treat him. I have two women with advanced ovarian cancer but I can give them only minimum doses of only some of the drugs they need.

"Two or three days ago we had to cancel all surgery because we had no gauze and no anaesthetics. Our wards are like stables for horses, not humans. We can’t properly isolate patients or manage their diets. We don’t have proper laboratory facilities....

"If you are sick don’t come to this hospital for treatment. It is collapsing around us. We’re going down in a heap.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://sirdave.com/DU.html
 
Reverend Blair
#25
Iraq has been bombed with this crap twice now. If we let them, they'll do the same to somebody else next. DU is illegal now. The US insists on using it. That makes George Bush a war criminal.
 
jimmoyer
#26
That makes many Canadian companies a war criminal.
That makes the Brits and the French who supply one of the largest reserves of depleted uranium to the world a war criminal.
 
Vanni Fucci
Free Thinker
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by jimmoyer

That makes many Canadian companies a war criminal.
That makes the Brits and the French who supply one of the largest reserves of depleted uranium to the world a war criminal.

Maybe so...but it does not make the leaders of those countries' governments war criminals...some of us see that as an important difference...
 
Vanni Fucci
Free Thinker
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by jimmoyer

That makes many Canadian companies a war criminal.
That makes the Brits and the French who supply one of the largest reserves of depleted uranium to the world a war criminal.

Maybe so...but it does not make the leaders of those countries' governments war criminals...some of us see that as an important difference...

*Disclaimer*

Before you launch into one of your vague diatribes, I'll state emphatically, for the record, I do not, in any way, condone the sale of DU for purposes of making weapons...
 
peapod
#29
Vanni who cares what jimmy from the five and dime says, they just come to bait, don't waste your intellect on them.
 
jimmoyer
#30
Vive la Difference, Vanni !!
 

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