An increasing number of birth defects have been reported in Iraq following the U.S. detonation of radioactive weapons near homes and schools during the 2003 invasion, writes Dr Helen Caldicott.
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THE "SHOCK AND AWE" war crime initiated by George W Bush and his co-frères was both a nuclear and conventional war, initiating disastrous medical diseases and congenital abnormalities that will haunt the people of Iraq forever.
The U.S. deployed missiles armed with uranium 238 (half-life of 4.5 billion years) were dense with a unique armour-penetrating power. Bursting into flame on impact, they convert to microscopic particles - polluting the air and surrounding soil to be spread by the wind for the rest of time.
Uranium is an alpha emitter with serious mutagenic and carcinogenic properties that become more radioactive over time.
A review by The Iraqi Commission for Human Rights stated:
According to Independent:
Journalist Tom Eley reported:
Despite this article downplaying the source of rising birth defects in Iraq, nonetheless, it states:
Even the BBC was forced to acknowledge the reality.
Despite the fact that the U.S. war with Iraq came to a close on 18 December 2011, families in numerous Iraqi cities are now living with a dramatic rise in birth defects and cancer from radioactive weapons that were detonated near homes, schools and playgrounds during the nearly seven-year conflict.
These diseases will be perpetuated for the rest of time.
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