Tuesday, January 10, 2012
US Legacy in Fallujah: Birth Defects
The bombing of Fallujah in 2004 was at various times compared with that of Dresden and Guernica. One consequence beyond the thousands of dead bodies and the transformation of Fallujah into essentially an open-air prison was the increase in birth defects - noticeable not long after the atrocities themselves had been committed. That's not surprising given the amount of depleted uranium and white phosphorus that was dumped on the city. The birth defects that are still occurring are truly horrific. That said, aside from the birth defects, there has been an increase in diseases such as leukemia (along with the lack of medication to treat those suffering from leukemia). As I asked a few years ago, where's the outrage?