Another "but for" tragedy: Hearts and minds, and tumors, in Fallujah

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Hearts and minds, and tumors
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This powerful and appalling account of some the consequences of
Operation Iraqi Freedom hasn’t gotten much attention yet, but the
facts it records belong on American news screens. The Independent’s
Patrick Cockburn describes the Iraqi city of Fallujah six years after
the Marine assault. US forces surrounded Fallujah and pounded it with
artillery, much of it apparently uranium enriched explosives. Six
years later, the health consequences are dramatic, comparable to
Hiroshima, according to an international team of researchers which has
compiled and studied the data. A dramatic rise in infant mortality,
birth defects and childhood cancers, striking increases in leukemia
and lymphoma. Operation Iraqi Freedom will apparently be a gift to the
Iraqi people that keeps on giving.

Childhood cancers and birth defects evoke particularly strong
emotions. In fact they were one of the “talking points” brought up by
those who sold the Iraq war. In 2002, Jeffrey Goldberg, back from his
volunteer stint in the Israeli Army, regaled Slate readers and CNN
viewers with accounts of Saddam’s “weaponized aflatoxin” whose “only
value is to cause liver cancer, primarily in children.” Goldberg was
spinning of course—Saddam had developed no weaponized aflatoxin-- but
he recognized that childhood cancer was a heart-wrenching way to goad
Americans to back an invasion of Iraq. He got the invasion he wanted,
and the Iraqis have their childhood cancers. If Goldberg has his way,
we can only imagine what will be visited on Iranian children.

Other Americans will read the reports from Fallujah and, as Jefferson
said, tremble for their country when they reflect that God is just.
I suppose it was just too much bother for Scott to name the members of
this "international team", under whose auspices they conducted their
"research", and where they published their research (oh wait, maybe
this is a "scoop" - it's not published at all, but somehow Scott

A dramatic rise in infant mortality,