One of History’s Greatest Crimes

Posted: September 27th, 2010 by Gadget42

by Stephen Lendman, People’s Voice

America’s hidden history is ugly and disturbing. No nation ever matched it. To Iraq alone, over the past two decades, it includes ongoing genocide, destruction, terror, occupation, and contamination – a horrendous combination of crimes, unmentioned in Western discourse.

Environmental Engineering Professor Souad N. Al-Azzawi documents them, including in his report titled, “Crime of the Century: Iraq’s Occupation and DU Contamination,” a detailed account of US culpability.

America’s strategic aims, he explains, include:

— controlling most of the world’s oil and other natural resources;

— remaining permanently in the Middle East, “the intersection zone of the three continents where 80% of the world(‘s) population” lives; and

— if the above two objectives are achieved, America will control the world’s economy, or enough of it to matter.

Spread over a large enough area, depleted uranium (DU) is a weapon of mass destruction, because it’s radioactive and chemically toxic. If ingested or inhaled through food, air, water or other means, it enters the human body, remaining for decades. An earlier article reported the dangers, accessed through the following link:

It explained that continued DU use has the potential to end planetary life, yet few understand the risk, or that weaponized DU is used regularly in missiles, bombs, shells and bullets wherever America wages war – first during the 1991 Gulf War.

Its danger comes from radiation residue after use. On impact, DU munitions penetrate deeply and aerosolize into a fine spray, polluting surrounding air, water and soil. It’s microscopic, sub-miscroscopic, and permanent. Spread over vast areas as radioactive atmospheric dust, its contamination causes virtually all known illnesses and diseases from severe headaches, muscle pain and general fatigue, to major birth defects, infections, depression, cardiovascular disease, and many types of cancers. It also causes permanent disability and death.

Over the past two decades in Iraq alone, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tons have been used, irradiating the entire country, some areas more than others. In his October 2009 presentation to the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia International Conference to Criminalize War, Azzawi accused America and Britain of:

“subject(ing) the whole nation of Iraq for two decades to torture and slow death through the intentional use of radioactive weapons and the sanctions. The continuous and intentional use of (these) weapons is a crime against humanity due to its undifferentiating harmful health effects on civilians in contaminated areas tens of years to come after the military engagements.” Radiation, in fact, is permanent, affecting unborn generations like living ones.

During the Gulf War, about 320 tons were used in southern Iraq, affecting the Basrah region. Post-conflict, “comprehensive” examination detected it, especially “in and around Al-Basrah City,” showing:

— “high gamma radiation” levels;

— “soil samples from 39 locations (with) higher activities than natural background levels;” and

— “Surface water channel sediments (with 2 – 3) times higher radioactivity than the natural background” level.

Contamination was widespread, affecting at least “45% of people in the area, the Iraqi troops, and” coalition ones. As a result, soldiers (and civilians) exposed “to DU oxides (can expect) 70 cancer cases per 1,000” persons. Perhaps a higher incidence over time, and along with other illnesses and diseases, an epidemic of human affliction.

Read the rest at this link.

Hat Tip: LewRockwell


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