Fallujah’s tragedy

This arrived in my email the other day: 

Important New Research shows that U.S. bombings of Fallujah has been more devastating to Iraqis than  

A-Bombs was to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  

   

See the paper below and please forward widely: 

Press release  

  

  

Genetic damage and health in Fallujah Iraq worse than Hiroshima  

   

Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan and Entesar Ariabi  Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009 Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1-x; doi:10.3390/ijerph707000x

  

 
 

 

  

Results of a population-based epidemiological study organized by Malak Hamdan and Chris Busby are published tomorrow in the International Journal of Environmental Studies and Public Health (IJERPH) based in Basle, Switzerland. They show increases in cancer, leukemia and infant mortality and perturbations of the normal human population birth sex ratio significantly greater than those reported for the survivors of the A-Bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  

             

Results of a survey in Jan/Feb 2010 of 711 houses and more than 4000 individuals in Fallujah show that in the five years following the 2004 attacks by USA-led forces there has been a 4-fold increase in all cancer. Interestingly, the spectrum of cancer is similar to that in the Hiroshima survivors who were exposed to ionizing radiation from the bomb and uranium in the fallout. By comparing the sample population rates to the cancer rates in Egypt and Jordan, researchers found  there has been a 38-fold increase in leukemia (20 cases) almost a  10-fold increase in female breast cancer (12 cases) and significant increases in lymphoma and brain tumours in adults. 

 Based on 16 cases in the 5-year period, the 12-fold increases in childhood cancer in those aged 0-14 were particularly marked. The cancer and leukemia increases were all in younger people than would normally be expected. Infant mortality was found to be 80 per 1000 births which compares with a value of 19 in Egypt, 17 in Jordan and 9.7 in Kuwait. An important result is that the sex-ratio, which in normal populations is always 1050 boys born per 1000 girls was seriously reduced in the group born immediately after 2005, one year after the conflict: in this group the sex ratio was 860.  

Birth sex ratio is a well known indicator of genetic damage, the reduction in boy births being due to the fact that girls have a redundant X-chromosome and can therefore afford to lose one though genetic damage; boys do not. Sex ratio was similarly reduced in the Hiroshima survivors children. “This is an extraordinary and alarming result” said Dr Busby, who is visiting Professor in the University of Ulster and Scientific Director of Green Audit, an independent environmental research organization. He added: “To produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened. We need urgently to find out what the agent was. Although many suspect Uranium, we cannot be certain without further research and independent analysis of samples from the area.”  Malak Hamdan, who organized the project said: “ I am so glad that we have been able to obtain proper scientific confirmation of all the anecdotal evidence of cancer and congenital birth defects. Maybe now the international community will wake up”. 

  

Contact: Chris Busby (France) +44 7989 428833 

Malak Hamdan (London) +44 7903 153163 

Richard Bramhall: +44 1597 825771 

While the atrocities against Japan is well-documented, Japan was an expansionist colonial power in Asia that did attack the United States. Iraq not only lacked control over half of its airspace, but – unlike Japan – it was devastated by previous wars and U.S.-imposed sanctions, not to mention having assistance from Washington to wage war on Iran in the 1980s – a time when Saddam Hussein committed his worst atrocities.  

The Washington neocolonial machine is of course to blame. So are the war’s cheerleaders in the media and in right-wing circles. But they’re not alone – there’s another group that deserves blame not only for not acting against the system, but for enabling it to achieve its objectives while claiming to represent their own people who are victimized by it. And they do so as a result of their bourgeois worldview, which in turn leads to poor judgement, an inability to understand the world around them and betray the mandate given them by their constituencies. They are not only part of the problem; it could be said that they are the problem.  

I am, naturally, talking about Arab-American and Muslim organizations – the same ones that endorsed Bush in 2000. It’s therefore safe to say that they’re as much responsible for the birth defects in Fallujah as the neoconservatives, the Republican Party and Bush/Cheney itself. We shouldn’t forget the Iraqi “opposition” groups that endorsed the occupation, including the ones that adhere to Iranian Khomeinism. 

But it goes beyond just that one incident – it’s a refusal to see the U.S. for what it really is – an empire whose interests are fundamentally at odds with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  

When you have 150 Arab and Muslim leaders and organizations meet with the CIA-head Leon Panetta; when the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee presented Rep. John Dingell a “Lifetime Legislative Achievement Award” even though he admitted he “proudly helped to move more than $300 billion worth of American aid to Israel” and hosted Bill Clinton as a keynote speaker; when a Detroit-area group organize a protest against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and terrorism to show how peaceful Islam is – instead of organizing protests against U.S. imperialism, which fuels the kinds of attacks carried out by people like Abdulmutallab and Faisal Shahzad; it’s obvious that these and similar organizations are failing their constituencies by acting as agents and collaborators, instead of performing their duty as anti-imperialist organizations. 

And for that, they are just as guilty. 

 

 

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