History books will tell the story of the North American barbarians and their brutalitiesSubmitted by John Keats on Sun, 10/14/2012 - 11:21
I only became politically active in late 2003 after revelations of civilian torture by U.S. forces in Abu Ghraib, which later expanded to several other U.S. covert detention camps, rendition operations, and Guantanamo.
But nothing prepared me for the news this morning. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/...
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that American media agencies have ignored this report (http://www.osservatorioiraq.it/sites/default/files/Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth.pdf) which first became available in July this year, though it is still shocking.
Here’s the gist of the story: U.S. and NATO’s bombing of several Iraqi cities using white phosphorus shell casings and depleted uranium shell casings (which the U.S. government has denied till today) not only killed hundreds of civilians and flattened cities, it also caused a huge spike in cancer cases, miscarriages (one in six!), and 37 of every newborns are mentally or physically affected (the most common being heart defects, brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs).
This is our legacy in the region.
In a century or two, no one will remember a moral and dignified America. Instead, history books will tell the story of the North American barbarians and their brutalities.
Like it or not, as Americans, we’re partly responsible for the deaths of over 300,000 people (thus far) in the War on Terror.
History will show that only Stalin (20 million) and Hitler (9 million) have been responsible for more deaths.
People will wake up every morning and curse us in Iraq, in the Middle East. Thousands will live and die with dreams of America’s death and destruction.
And the single most important thing we’ve always depended on to justify our actions and to rationalize our choices, morality, is no longer there.
I am exhausted. Broken. Sadden. Ashamed. Appalled.