TO INVASION OF IRAQ BASED ON EMOTION OR FACTS?
PART 1 of 2
July 7, 2008
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last column on The Prosecution of George W. Bush
for Murder, brought some very ugly email as well as one polite disagreement.
Let's look at what two Americans had to say about my column. Email one:
from this heinous, unconstitutional war in Iraq (and Afghanistan)."
When I read lines like this in your column.. I think many things...
sick and demented..a traitor... a fellow traveler...a frustrated woman
perhaps sexually repressed and therefore hates men. What ever... I think
you ought to go on a long vacation into wherever it is your fantasy
exists. I hope your car blows up and fuel for it becomes non-existant.
I hope lightning destroys the transmission lines to your part of town
and somehow you are blamed for it. The "sick and demented"
I guess it the most fitting description." Semper Fidelis. Larry
order to avoid this kind of juvenile ranting; I simply hit the block
box so I will no longer receive email from the sender. Bush's invasion
of Iraq and Afghanistan was and is unconstitutional. ONLY Congress has
the power to declare war. In order to change that, you have to amend
the U.S. Constitution. Of course, since the U.S. unlawfully entered
into this unholy alliance with the communist UN, members of Congress
and presidents simply ignore the law of the land.
Congressional hearings on going to war against Iraq, treasonous
Council on Foreign Relations point dog in the House, Rep. Henry
Hyde, [R-Il] stated that declaring war is "anachronistic, it isn't
done anymore..." A darling of the deaf, dumb and blind socialists
[liberals], the late, Tom Lantos, [D-Ca] called the declaration of war
"frivolous and mischievous." On January 7, 1999, USA TODAY,
former Clinton Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich said, "...when
the president decides to go to war, he no longer needs a declaration
of war from Congress."
Who died and made these pompous weasels kings in this country? These
quivering cowards in Congress dodged their sworn oaths to allow this
unconstitutional invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan by falling back on
a resolution; click
here. Side stepping the U.S. Constitution has become the norm, while
the American people "patriotically" send their husbands, wives
and children into unnecessary wars to enrich the corrupt.
U.S. military has been using depleted uranium in their ordnance for
decades. Email number two came from a Mr. Mann, who was polite in his
comments. He said I was operating more on emotion than fact about the
invasion of Iraq. Regarding DU, he said:
spall (or dust) comes off of the DU round-only when it hits armor or
something really hard. It is so depleted though that it is BARELY above
the earth's own background radiation levels. I know you won't believe
it, but DoD studies before DU was accepted show this. You can probably
find it on the internet once you get past the hype. There is a problem
when you enter an armor vehicle shot with it-so keep people out of shot
up tanks! But, it works. It is war. Bombs pollute. Cluster bombs only
have a 60-70% explosion rate and become mines that do hurt innocents."
Uranium Shells Used by U.S. Military Worse Than Nuclear Weapons
or ingested DU particles are highly toxic, and DU has been classified
as an illegal weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. The
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority has
estimated that 50 tons of DU dust from the first Gulf War could lead
to 500,000 cancer deaths by the year 2000. To date, a total of 2,000
tons have been generated in the Middle East...."More than ten times
the amount of radiation released during atmospheric testing [of nuclear
bombs] has been released from DU weaponry since 1991," said Leuren
Moret, a U.S. nuclear scientist. "The genetic future of the
Iraqi people, for the most part, is destroyed. The environment now is
completely radioactive." Because DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion
years, the Middle East will, for all practical purposes, be radioactive
Uranium (DU) - Silent Genocide
the damage we inflict grows greater, before history's judgment gets
worse, before we contaminate the whole world - even before we vote in
the next election - we must stop what we're doing. We must stop now.
It's time to listen for a moment not to defense analysts, briefing officers,
pols or pundits, but to people like Jooma Khan, a grandfather who lives
in a village in Laghman Province, in northeastern Afghanistan, who is
he deserves 30 seconds of our undivided attention. "When I saw
my deformed grandson," he told an interviewer in March of 2003,
"I realized that my hopes of the future have vanished for good.
(This is) different from the hopelessness of the Russian barbarism,
even though at that time I lost my older son Shafiqullah. This time,
however, I know we are part of the invisible genocide brought on us
by America, a silent death from which I know we will not escape."
on Depleted Uranium and Gulf War Syndrome
Sharma's research established the fact that Gulf War Veterans from the
1991 War, were excreting measurable amounts of DU in urine, eight and
nine years after their return from the Middle East. The DU particles
had also spread to contaminate civilians, and the environment...
study of the birth defects in the children of veterans in the U.S, undertaken
by Han Kang, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, focused on the first
pregnancy which veterans of the first Gulf War had after returning home.
Slightly less than 21,000 veterans, from all four branches, active and
retired were included in the study (about 70% of those to whom questionnaires
were sent). Male veterans were two times as likely, and female veterans
were almost three times as likely, to report children with birth defects
than their counterparts who did not serve in the Gulf. Likely birth
defects included webbed fingers and toes, heart murmurs, chromosomal
abnormalities, and brain tumors. The researchers excluded developmental
disorders, perinatal complications and pediatric disorders from the
study. Male veterans reported miscarriages more often, and the increase,
1.62 times, was statistically significant."
Uranium Dust - Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and
Afghanistan. Dr. Jawad Al-Ali (55), director of the Oncology Center
at the largest hospital in Basra, Iraq stated, at a recent ( 2003) conference
strange phenomena have come about in Basra which I have never seen before.
The first is double and triple cancers in one patient. For example,
leukemia and cancer of the stomach. We had one patient with 2 cancers
- one in his stomach and kidney. Months later, primary cancer was developing
in his other kidney--he had three different cancer types. The second
is the clustering of cancer in families. We have 58 families here with
more than one person affected by cancer. Dr Yasin, a general Surgeon
here has two uncles, a sister and cousin affected with cancer. Dr Mazen,
another specialist, has six family members suffering from cancer. My
wife has nine members of her family with cancer."
in particular are susceptible to DU poisoning. They have a much higher
absorption rate as their blood is being used to build and nourish their
bones and they have a lot of soft tissues. Bone cancer and leukemia
used to be diseases affecting them the most, however, cancer of the
lymph system which can develop anywhere on the body, and has rarely
been seen before the age of 12 is now also common."
Our soldiers are coming home and dying from DU exposure. Their children
from both Gulf Wars are being born with horrible birth defects and yeah,
I do get a little emotional about this. A phony "war of liberation"
and nation building that is a gross misuse of our military,
but fits in perfectly with the plans of the mad power mongers who own
Washington, DC. There will NEVER be any "success" or "mission
accomplished" in Iraq. Every single nation building invasion the
U.S. has ever participated in has turned into
Abramowitz and Heather Hurlburt correctly pointed out in a July 12,
2004, piece, "No fewer than nine times over the past decade, Western
powers have deployed noble rhetoric, soldiers and taxpayer dollars in
the service of nation-building. And no fewer than nine times, they
have, to one degree or another, failed to build stable, self-sustaining
nations. The litany consists of Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo,
Sierra Leone, East Timor, Liberia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The best one
could say is that they are works in progress. The worst: Too many of
them still can't function on their own and continue to pose threats
to their own citizens as well as U.S. national interests. While genuine
good—both humanitarian and security-related—has come of
these efforts, the results have fallen far short of our professed objectives,
consumed enormous resources and political capital, and left uncertainty
about the U.S. and international commitment." For part two click
here for part -----> 2,
- The Invisible
War: Depleted Uranium and the Politics of Radiation 2000
2 - How
DU Kills U.S. Soldiers
3 - Cancer
in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic exposure
4 - US
rejects Iraq DU clean-up
5 - Uranium
'killing Italian troops'
6 - Depleted
uranium risk 'ignored'
7 - Depleted
uranium still haunts Balkans
8 - The
9 - Silent
10 - Spreading
radioactive poison to every soldier
for the weekend and read:
None is so blind as
he who will not see
Case of the Missing $21 Billion Who's Following the Iraq Money?
2 - Iraq for Sale:
The War Profeteers
3 - BBC
Uncovers Lost Iraq Billions
4 - Millions
of dollars of lucrative Iraq reconstruction contracts were never
5 - Results
of US Invasion of Iraq
6 - Bush-Cheney
Crony Got Iraq Oil Deal
7 - Blackwater
Contract in Iraq Despite Pentagon Labeling Sept. Baghdad Killing
of 17 Civilians “A Criminal Event”
8 - The
sad saga of a soldier from Long Island, Newsday. Inadequate care
US soldiers receive returning from Iraq.
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