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We’ve known for a long time that the war was based on lies, but it’s nice to hear a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say so.

In his recently published memoir, “Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior,” General Hugh Shelton, who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001, called the Iraq war “unnecessary” and said that the Bush team went to war “based on a series of lies.”

Read more at see video at Washington’s Blog.

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You may recall the leveling of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. Four U.S. mercenaries violated security procedures and wandered alone into a dangerous part of the city. They were set upon by a mob and killed, their mutilated bodies hung from a bridge. The American retaliation, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,300 Iraqis.

The U.S. first denied then later admitted using white phosphorus weapons in violation of international law. The U.S. also used ordnance incorporating depleted uranium, a highly radioactive material. Today, the initial toll of 1,300 killed in Operation Phantom Fury appears to be only the beginning of what will surely be years of protracted illnesses and deaths from radioactivity.

Don’t care about the Iraqi civilians who have been consigned to a slow and agonizing death from radioactivity? Then consider that the U.S. military personnel who participated in the operations were exposed as well. We can expect that these veterans will suffer for years and that the government that sent them to war will deny their illness is connected to depleted uranium. That’s standard operating procedure for the war industry based in Washington, D.C.

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Read more at the Independent.

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It sounds like they’ve been exposed to depleted uranium, just like the Gulf War veterans. No doubt the government will deny it and attempt to cover it up.

Before her last deployment, 31-year-old Staff Sergeant Danielle Nienajadlo passed her Army physical with flying colors. So when she started having health problems several weeks after arriving at Balad Air Base in Iraq, no one knew what to make of her symptoms: headaches that kept her awake; unexplained bruises all over her body; an open sore on her back that wouldn’t heal; vomiting and weight loss. In July 2008, after three miserable months, Nienajadlo checked into the base emergency room with a 104-degree fever.

She was sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and learned she had been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a fast-progressing form of the disease. She told her doctors and her family she had felt fine until she started inhaling the oily black smoke that spewed out of the base’s open-air trash-burning facility day and night. At times, the plume contained dioxins, some of which can cause the kind of cancer Nienajadlo had.

“She breathed in this gunk,” says her mother, Lindsay Weidman. “She’d go back to the hooch at night to go to bed and cough up these black chunks.”

Read more at Mother Jones.

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