Before the US invasion of Iraq, I did a story for The Wanderer on the Morality of Weapons Systems, which questioned the use of depleted uranium and described its risks to the DNA of both US troops and their “enemies.” Research showed a high risk of birth defects to the native population. Now, more than ever, that risk is confirmed. Can anyone say, “war crimes”?
From today’s Guardian”
Research links rise in Falluja birth defects and cancers to US assault
• Defects in newborns 11 times higher than normal
• ‘War contaminants’ from 2004 attack could be cause
The research, which will be published next week, confirms earlier estimates revealed by the Guardian of a major, unexplained rise in cancers and chronic neural-tube, cardiac and skeletal defects in newborns. The authors found that malformations are close to 11 times higher than normal rates, and rose to unprecedented levels in the first half of this year – a period that had not been surveyed in earlier reports……
Read the rest of the story, here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/30/faulluja-birth-defects-iraq