Bombings, Invasion, Misery: Fallujah, Symbol of Iraq’s Unending Tragedy By Felicity Arbuthnot

8 January 2014 — williambowles.info

“If war should come, whichever side may claim ultimate victory, nothing is more certain that victor and vanquished alike would glean a gruesome harvest of human misery and suffering.” – (UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, July 31, 1939, to the House of Commons.)

Fallujah has become a symbol of Iraq’s suffering since the onslaught on the country in 1991, numerous, uncounted interim US-UK bombings, then the 2003 invasion, occupation – and misery unending.

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Media Lens: ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq By David Cromwell

19 September 2013 — Media Lens

In a 2010 alert, ‘Beyond Hiroshima – The Non-Reporting Of Fallujah’s Cancer Catastrophe’, we noted the almost non-existent media response to the publication of a new study that had found high rates of infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city. The dramatic increases in these rates exceeded even those found in survivors of the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn was a lone exception in reporting these awful findings. 

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WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition By Denis Halliday

13 September 2013 — Global Research

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.

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WHO Is Delaying Release of Iraqi Birth Defect Data? By Kelley B. Vlahos

20 August 2013 — Antiwar.com

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Observers say they are on the cusp of getting the hard evidence needed to prove Iraqis are suffering from a disproportionate rate of birth defects and cancers, likely due to massive pollution caused by the war.

So what’s the problem? Or should we say, WHO is the problem?

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Two Births: A Gilded Arrival and a Poisoned Legacy By Felicity Arbuthnot

13 August 2013 — williambowles.info

” … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” (Howard Zinn, 1922-2010.)

On 22nd July two babies were born – in different worlds. Prince George Alexander Louis, son of Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, arrived in the £5,000 a night Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, weighing a super healthy 8lbs 6 oz.

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Depleted Uranium: The BBC’s John Simpson does a hatchet job on Fallujah’s genetically damaged children By William Bowles

1 April 2013 — William Bowles

Under the title ‘Fallujah’s childrens’ ‘genetic damage‘ that old war horse ‘literally’ of the BBC’s foreign propaganda service, John Simpson, manages not to mention the phrase ‘depleted uranium’ when allegedly reporting on the alarming rise in birth defects that include cancer, leukaemia and a horrific rise in child mortality since the US demolished the city of Fallujah in 2004. And it’s not until right at the end of the piece that the US attack on Fallujah is even mentioned, let alone depleted uranium!

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Media Lens: Fallujah, Iraq 2004 – Misrata, Libya 2011

5 May 2011 — Media Lens

Operation Phantom Fury

In November 2004, the UN‘s Integrated Regional Information Network reported the impact of Operation Phantom Fury, a combined USUK offensive, on Iraq’s third city, Fallujah:

‘Approximately 70 per cent of the houses and shops were destroyed in the city and those still standing are riddled with bullets.’ (‘Fallujah still needs more supplies despite aid arrival,’ http://www.irinnews.org, November 30, 2004)

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