Thursday, December 15, 2011

U.S. War in Iraq Declared Officially Over - depleted (or slightly enriched) uranium lingers on


This only worries me. Today, I see the photos of people in Fallujah burning American flags, and I completely understand why. All the hope that Iraqis had in 2003, and there were a lot of people in Iraq with hope for their future -- the future of their country, their families, their businesses -- is gone. We swept in, bombed their infrastructure, disbanded their military and police force, let the looting go wild, committed war crimes, tortured people in prisons where Saddam tortured his people, humiliated mothers and fathers and sons and daughters, killed tens of thousands, maybe more, and we had no idea how to handle the civil war we created.

Even soldiers know it was about oil and control; it was about private contracts for American firms. Bush's 1% had their sandbox and made billions. 

And now we're covering up reports of depleted (or slightly enriched) uranium in Fallujah and Ramadi, some of which is scattered all over the country, causing birth defects and cancers. All the hearts and minds work our service people have done in the past 9-10 years is pointless unless we address Fallujah's massive problems and begin to heal their community. If we don't the price will be high.     

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