Evidence was growing this weekend that babies born in the Iraqi city of Fallujah – scene in 2004 of one of the few set-piece battles of the invasion – are exhibiting high rates of mortality and birth defects.
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Ever since the first Gulf War there have been reports of increased death rates and birth defects among populations exposed to the war's leavings. Similar stories have been reported of radiation poisoning among returning U.S. troops. Yet nothing has been done, and the use of the suspect weapons has not been stopped. This is the latest chapter in a long, sad story. Thanks to Randall for keeping it alive.
This would have been better if he had consulted scientist familiar with military munitions. Perchlorate, diesel, spent kerosene, are all unnamed suspects, not to mention a host of other more carcenoginc chemical cocktails than the two alledged suspects. DU is a good whipping boy, but there are many more dangerous chemicals being used.
I liked this peice becasue it felt like it was unbaised and balanced. It gave angles and sides for all the views. I liked that it provided a quote from Dr Ayman Qais. The writter presents the other side of the story by saying that UN will begin an investigation. The only thing i did not like about this story is that it did not provide where this quote came from, "the cleaning up of toxic materials used by the occupying forces, including depleted uranium and white phosphorus".