Iraq

WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers/ Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by d.u. ammunition

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

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.
This issue was first brought to light in 2004 in a WHO expert report "on the long-term health of Iraq's civilian population resulting from depleted
uranium (DU) weapons". This earlier report was "held secret", namely suppressed by the WHO:

The study by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust containing
DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. But it was blocked from publication by the World Health Organization (WHO), which employed the main
author, Dr Keith Baverstock, as a senior radiation advisor. He alleges that it was deliberately suppressed, though this is denied by WHO.

(See Rob Edwards, WHO 'Suppressed' Scientific Study Into Depleted Uranium Cancer Fears in Iraq, The Sunday Herald,
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Almost nine years later, a joint WHO- Iraqi Ministry of Health Report on cancers and birth defect in Iraq was to be released in November 2012.

53% of Britons think Iraq invasion was wrong, 22% say put Tony Blair on trial 14 March 2013 Richard Norton-Taylor

53% of Britons think Iraq invasion was wrong, 22% say put Tony Blair on trial

Half of those questioned said they believed Blair deliberately set out to mislead the British public about the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction.

Ten years after Iraq what is Tony Blair good for today? 13 March 2013 Matt Carr

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How the Iraq war compares to the worst horrors in world history - David Swnson 180313

How the Iraq war compares to the worst horrors in world history

If instead of spending five trillion dollars destroying Iraq, the United States had chosen to do good with it, at home or abroad, just imagine the possibilities.

Iraq - How the West Lost

Iraq - how the West lost

Iraq was supposed to be the war that finally erased the memory of defeat in Vietnam but intead, says Simon Assaf, ten years on it is clear that the conflict dealt another blow to imperialism. It was a war designed to demonstrate US military power, but ended exposing its limits. The invasion of Iraq ten years ago was sold on lies. There was a heady optimism that Iraq would become a model for neoliberal success—and that invasion would give a hard lesson to those who challenged US imperialism.

By December 2011, when the last US combat troops left, Iraq had replaced Vietnam as the symbol of imperial disaster. The country suffered over one million dead, countless wounded, maimed and displaced.

Far from the shining example of success, the US emerged from the occupation with few tangible gains. The much sought after oil fields of southern Iraq are now under the control of Chinese companies. In the north, Turkish companies have swept up many of the lucrative reconstruction contracts. The foundation for the failure of the Iraq war was laid before the first Western soldier fired a bullet.

The invasion began on 20 March 2003. Iraq had already been ruined by a decade of punitive economic sanctions aimed at the regime of dictator Saddam Hussein. The West had armed and courted Hussein for years until he invaded Kuwait. Sanctions were put in place following the 1990 Gulf War. They reversed decades of social and economic progress. The country experienced an epidemic of poverty and shortages, and the destruction of its infrastructure.

The “shock and awe” barrage of cruise missiles unleashed by the US in the lead up to the ground invasion destroyed what little remained.

Demoralised.

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