Posts Tagged ‘War for profit’

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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And to think there are still people who think the war is about chasing down Al-Qaeda or–even more preposterously–the cartoon strip bad guy known as Osama Bin Laden.

President Karzai says the discovery of vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan is “good news for Afghans,” as if the profits would go to the people instead of Western multinationals. Knock it off, Karzai, you kidder you. My sides are aching!

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is sitting on mineral and petroleum reserves worth an estimated one trillion dollars, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

The war-ravaged nation could become one of the richest in the world if helped to tap its geological deposits, Karzai told reporters.

“I have very good news for Afghans,” Karzai said.

“The initial figures we have obtained show that our mineral deposits are worth a thousand billion dollars — not a thousand million dollars but a thousand billion,” he said.

He based his assertion, he said, on a survey being carried out by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), due to be completed in “a couple of months”.

Read more at Yahoo News.

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