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This article was forwarded by Peter Kawaja to "The Contact." I am
forwarding it by permission of "The Contact."
NOTE: ALL EMPHASIS AND NOTES ADDED BY ME.
If after reading this you still feel Iraq should be bombed, please excuse
me for taking your time. If you feel it should not, please call the White
House and your senators and representatives and tell them, "NO BOMBING OF
IRAQ, REMEMBER THE CHILDREN!!!"
PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL YOU CAN. Thank you.
IRAQ'S CHILDREN PAYING WASHINGTON'S PRICE
Felicity Arbuthnot, UK -- (This comes in through Canada)
ADDENDA TO ACTION ALERT ON IRAQ:
Here comes the promised article "Iraq's children paying Washington's price
with their lives". I don't know (yet) where it was originally the
published, but it should be reprinted and widely circulated everywhere.
For the best information on the predicament of the Iraqi people and U.S.
aggression. (supported so far strongly only by Britain's Tony Blair) toward
their country can be found on the website of the International Action
Center (New York), which is the organization founded by former US. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark. The website is: www.iacente.org. Marjaleena Repo,
To reflect on seven years of visits to Iraq since the Gulf War, is to
reflect on decline from the impossible to the apocalyptic.
When Martti Antisaari, then special reporter to the United Nations,
visited the country just after the Gulf War, he wrote that: "Nothing we
have seen or read could have prepared us for this particular devastation, a
country reduced to a preindustrial age for some considerable time to come.
In the forty-five days of the Gulf War 56,133.32 tons of ordinance was
dropped on Iraqexceeding the 47,777.78 tons dropped in the forty-five
months of the Second World War.
Unknown to the public or the allied troops at the time, much of the
ordinance was COATED WITH DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) comprising a new and deadly
generation of weapons whose effects linger long after the bombs and the
guns are silent.
DU, waste from the nuclear industry, has replaced titanium as
armor-piercing coating. When a bullet or missile makes contact with a
target, it burns and produces a fine dust. It is both toxic and
Inhaled, according to experts it can cause cancers and can settle in the
kidneys and lead to nephritis (kidney death).
In 1990, the UK Atomic Energy Authority sent a report to the government
estimating that if 50 tons of residual dust was left at the area as a
result of hostilities, there could be half a million extra cancer deaths by
the end of the century. Some experts now estimate that up to 700 tons
remains. DU remains radioactive for four thousand five hundred million
While the Pentagon and Whitehall state that it is "only very very mildly
radioactive," when Professor Siegwart-Horst Guenther, founder of the
Austrian Yellow Cross, took a DU bullet correctly encased in a lead-lined
Germany from Iraq for analysis in 1993, he was arrested at Berlin airport,
the bullet had activated all the radiation sensors.
[Now you see the "other" reasons for building a war to the point of
using nuclear weapons? THE CULPRITS HAVE TO COVER UP THEIR OWN IRRATIONAL
ACTIONS FROM THE LAST ENCOUNTERTHAT THEY THOUGHT WOULD NEVER HAVE TO BE
When I went to Iraq in early 1992, doctors were already remarking in
bewilderment on the increase in birth deformitiessome so grotesque and
unusual that they expected to see them only in text books, or perhaps once
or twice in a! lifetime. They were, ironically, comparing them to the
birth defects seen in Bikini and the Pacific islands after nuclear testing,
yet it was not until the following year that it was realized that
radioactive weapons had been used.
They were also noting a dramatic rise in cancers, especially in
children. Not with a bang, but with a whimper indeed.
Ironically treatments for cancers are vetoed by the Sanctions Committee,
since they contain minute-traces of radiation, so little that Iraqis, in
their irradiated land, cannot avail themselves of the therapeutic value of
radiation, only suffer its most deadly consequences.
According to a Army study: "if DU enters the body, it has the potential
to generate significant medical consequences. The risks associated with DU
in the body are both chemical and radiological." (US Army Environment
Policy Institute: Health and Environment Consequences of Depleted Uranium
Use in the US Army, June 1995).
Almost any household one enters in Iraq has a sort of "black souvenir"
of the Gulf Warsitting on a shelf somewhere is a piece of a missile or a
spent bullet, silently emitting radiation. On a visit to a center set up
to counsel severely psychologically damaged childrenin what psychologists
refer to as one of the "MOST TRAUMATIZED CHILD POPULATIONS ON EARTH" as a result of the Gulf WarI saw a chilling sight. -
The center was a far cry from the schools, devoid of the most basic of
itemsEVEN PENCILS AND EXERCISE BOOKS HAVE BEEN VETOED BY THE SANCTIONS COMMITTEElight, bright and airy, it was normality in a land reduced to absolute abnormality.
Toy and book companies in Scandinavia had donated colorful building
blocks, mobiles which hung gaily from the ceiling, doves of peace decorated
pastel walls. Fluffy toys sat on rows of shelvesand between them, small
pieces of cold, hard metalpieces of radioactive missiles. [From America
"The children pick them up and bring them in," a psychotherapist
remarked, "It is their way of coming to terms with their fear, their way of
healing themselves...". The irony and tragedy left me, unusually, lost for
words. When, later, I expressed my concern to an eminent physician who had
worked in Britain and saved many British lives, he fell silent, then looked
at me and said very quietly: "we are afraid, we are all very afraid..."
In the hospital ward there was the manifestation of this fear. Two
children, one aged three, Ali Lazam (his name translated as "the vital
one") and the other aged five, lay, in terrible pain, bleeding internally,
covered in bruises from leaking capillaries, bloated with edema, damp with
Ali Lazam was making tiny "mewing" noises, his eyes full of unshed
tears. He had learned not to cry, sobs wracking his small frame further,
intensifying his agony. The older one was in the same condition, but when I
bent to stroke his puffy little face, his small hand came up and grabbed
mine and squeezed it with all his might, a gesture of trust, pleading and
left the ward, leaned against a wall and prayed for the ground to open
and swallow me up. FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, FOR THE CHILDREN OF IRAQ, FROM THE RADIATION TO THE EMBARGO, THE WAR HAS NEVER ENDED.
There is no escape into normality and as we threaten to bomb again,
there is no hiding place.
[Rememberthe government can "surgically bomb" directly into a bomb shelter
air vent and BRAG ABOUT IT WHILE SHOWING OFF YOUR PICTURES TO A SICK WORLD.
You know no remorse, for after allIT IS SADDAM'S FAULT!]
"This is worse than the war," a doctor told me in 1992, "we knew that
the war must end, but we do not know whether this will ever end." He had
spent the war treating patients and operating on them, by candle-light,
often without anesthetic, often without sleep for three or more nights.
He recounted undertaking a painful peritoneal dialysis operation, in the
dark, in an operating heater whose windows had been broken in the blast
from a missile which had hit an adjoining building. "When I move forward,
the hot wax drips into the patient's stomach, when I stand back, you can't
see," his colleague, who was holding the candle, remarked. Yet the embargo
In late 1993, psychologists whose concern is for children in war zones,
were reporting what they described as a unique phenomenon. Many Children
in Iraq no longer played gamesthey reminded them of the dead friends that
used to play with them.
"Children are surprisingly resilient," Professor Magne Raundalen, who
heads the Center for Crisis Studies in Bergen, Norway, told me. "But the
children of Iraq are not progressing as I would expect, they are
regressing." But they had heard the bombs fall again in 1993and in some
psychological surveys up to 80 percent of children thought they would not
live to grow up.
[It seems they were and are correct, if our "humanitarian" government has
I went back to the trauma center that year and met a small boy who
became physically sick at the sight of blue jeans. He had been wearing a
precious pair his uncle had sent him from America when the bombs fell. His
best friend was killed.
I met little Naira who could not drinkin the searing heat of Baghdad.
She used to offer her special fiend from whom she was inseparable, water
from her little container before she drank herselfa traditional Iraqi
gesture. Her friend was killed in the bombing.
On a later visit I met Ali, whose father was killed in the Gulf War. His
body was returned unlike many in General Norman Schwarzkopf's "turkey
shoot" went to the funeral; he was three years old. The graveyard was near his home.
Every day for three years, Ali ran repeatedly to the grave and dug at it
with his small hands saying: "It's alright Daddy, you can come out now,
the men who put you there have gone away. . ."
While trauma at this level was there for anyone who cared to see, UN
personnel could frequently be observed, in their leisure time, sporting
T-shirts with "Air Power" emblazoned on the front.
By 1994 Dieter Hannusch of the Rome based World Food Program was writing
that this formerly largely developed countrywith, prior to the Gulf War,
92 percent access to clean water and 93 percent access to high quality,
free health care and similar education and nutrition had, for the most
part, a lower caloric intake than Mali.
In 1995 Hannusch wrote that: "time is running out for the children of
Iraq." Time ran out for seven-year-old Yasmin that year. Named after the
sweet scented yellow flowers, she had developed a minor heart defect just
after the Gulf War. When the embargo is over, we will operate and her
health should be perfect,"' her parents were told. In five years a minor
defect became a major one and her damaged little heart could no longer
sustain her frail body.
I was in the ward at the El Baladi Hospital, formerly a flagship
institution, as her fledgling life flickered and went out. I can still
hear the screams of her mother and grandmother* as they rushed from the
front of the-ward and across a busy road, oblivious to allbut their agony. "Yasmin, Yasmin, Yasmin. . .
they criedand her name floated back through the open windows and over her
small, cooling body. [* But war mongering GRANDMA ALBRIGHT says "It's
In 1996 one third of surviving children is under 15were estimated: to
be suffering stunted growth or impaired intelligence resulting from
The inexcusable and draconian nature of the embargo was reinforced for
me in December 1997. Although the temperature was relatively cool, there
was an epidemic of flies. Stagnant water or sewage lay in many streets due
to a lack of parts for pipes which were fractured or bombed seven years ago
this month. Water is still unsafe in many areas, thus fly- and water-borne
disease are endemic. [Amazing how the media only shows us pictures of
Saddam and "happy" children, never of the suffering these children are
Invited to homes for a meal to which everyone in the neighborhood has
contributed something, in dire straits but still extending the overwhelming
Iraqi hospitality, one person stands on "fly drill." Literally standing
over the table waving hands or fly swatters. Not one to be enthusiastic
about chemicals in the home, even I was driven to suggest that this was
desperate and fly spray was essential.
Fly spray, it transpired, had been vetoed by the Sanctions Committee.
Ironically, Iraq is being accused of having the capability for biological
and chemical warfare.
[The last sentence is missing from the article, but following the gist of
it I would venture to say that it probably wondered, "IF IRAQ CAN MAKE ALL
THOSE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, WHY CAN'T IT MAKE FLY SPRAY FOR ITS PEOPLE?"
BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY!!!]
[As bad as the US government and media try to make out Saddam, this shows
that the US government is worse. WHAT HAPPENED TO CLINTON'S "DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN." . . . WHAT IF THESE WERE YOUR CHILDREN???] No wonder the Arab nations call us -- the US --
the Great White Satan!!!
Even Yet Another