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Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds

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posted on Jan, 22 2010 @ 11:37 PM
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Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, study finds


www.guardian.co.uk

More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found.

Areas in and near Iraq's largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and ­Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years.
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posted on Jan, 22 2010 @ 11:37 PM
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Is this sick or what? Thank you Uncle Sam for saving us from those "weapons of mass destruction" while you've blanketed large parts of the Middle East in depleted uranium dust which will persist for centuries:


The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

The environment minister, Narmin Othman, said high levels of dioxins on agricultural lands in southern Iraq, in particular, were increasingly thought to be a key factor in a general decline in the health of people living in the poorest parts of the country.

"If we look at Basra, there are some heavily polluted areas there and there are many factors contributing to it," ­she told the Guardian. "First, it has been a battlefield for two wars, the Gulf war and the Iran-Iraq war, where many kinds of bombs were used. Also, oil pipelines were bombed and most of the contamination settled in and around Basra.

"The soil has ended up in people's lungs and has been on food that people have eaten. Dioxins have been very high in those areas. All of this has caused systemic problems on a very large scale for both ecology and overall health."

Government study groups have recently focused on the war-ravaged city of ­Falluja, west of ­Baghdad, where the unstable security situation had kept scientists away ever since fierce fighting between militants and US forces in 2004.

The Guardian reported in November claims by local doctors of a massive rise in birth defects in the city, particularly neural tube defects, which afflict the spinal cords and brains of newborns.

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www.guardian.co.uk
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posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:07 AM
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When you are using depleted uranium weaponry at every turn, this is the side effect I'm affraid. Another aspect of the 'do today, worry tomorrow' way we live.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:12 AM
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We've really destoryed their country haven't we?

No amount of so called terrorist bull# can ever justify this.

I'm an atheist but my thoughts often wander to these people, nothing i can say or think or do can ever earn forgiveness but i take no pride in the fact that my politicians allowed this to happen.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:21 AM
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The use of depleted uranium is a war crime period.

Anyone who approved the use of it and authorized it's use should be tried before a world court.

It is criminal, and the long term effects will cause mutation due to the reality it becomes part of the air/water/food chain.

I believe Donald Rumsfeld played a role in getting it approved for weapon use. Need to source that out again.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:23 AM
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They knew this would happen. I guess these are considered acceptable casualties. Mostly covered up too, similar to when the New York times ran an article right after the nuking of hiroshima and nagasaki, which read "no nuclear fallout from atomic bombings in japan."



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:25 AM
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Dioxins?

Is something like agent orange being used to wipe out farming lands in Iraq?

The aftermath in Vietnam was tragic enough, with terribly deformed children still being born all over the country.

Perhaps America (NWO perps,) want to wipe out all Iraqis, so there will be no-one left to point the finger of accusation later.

I guess, considering the unfair treatment of the kids who join the US military, and their terrible treatment when they finally return to America, we can't expect the bastards employing them to care about anyone.

And DU should be a war crime. One speck of dust lodged in the body can incapacitate and slowly, painfully, kill. And it's there forever.

Depleted Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:26 AM
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Yes, the U.S. government has managed to completely destroy the cradle of civilization.

Reminds me of a bumper sticker I occasionally see: "Be Nice to America or We'll Bring Democracy To Your Country."

Not to mention the troops who return with chromosomal damage from exposure to DU. Then the VA tells them their debilitating symptoms are psychological or PTSD.

These endless trillion-dollar wars are sick beyond belief.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:35 AM
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reply to post by GoldenFleece
 


It's official, I'm finding somewhere else to live.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:37 AM
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reply to post by Kailassa
 


The Iraqis did use chemical weapons against their own people.

That is more than likely the source of the dioxin.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 12:40 AM
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Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by Kailassa
 


The Iraqis did use chemical weapons against their own people.

That is more than likely the source of the dioxin.


Not in the areas mentioned and by Iraqis you mean the Saddam Hussein regime, not the Iraqi's.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 01:05 AM
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Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by Kailassa
 

The Iraqis did use chemical weapons against their own people.

That is more than likely the source of the dioxin.

Three guesses where Saddam Hussein got those chemical weapons, even after using them against his own people.

And two don't count.


How Did Saddam Get Weapons Of Mass Destruction?
We Sold Them To Him

By Neil Mackay and Felicity Arbuthnot
The Sunday Herald - UK
December 12, 2002

The United States and Britain sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials Iraq needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.

Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.

Classified US Defence Department documents also seen by the Sunday Herald show that Britain sold Iraq the drug pralidoxine, an antidote to nerve gas, in March 1992, after the end of the Gulf war. Pralidoxine can be reverse engineered to create nerve gas.

The Senate committee's reports on 'US Chemical and Biological Warfare-Related Dual-Use Exports to Iraq', undertaken in 1992 in the wake of the Gulf war, give the date and destination of all US exports. The reports show, for example, that on May 2, 1986, two batches of bacillus anthracis -- the micro-organism that causes anthrax -- were shipped to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education, along with two batches of the bacterium clostridium botulinum, the agent that causes deadly botulism poisoning.

One batch each of salmonella and E coli were shipped to the Iraqi State Company for Drug Industries on August 31, 1987. Other shipments went from the US to the Iraq Atomic Energy Commission on July 11, 1988; the Department of Biology at the University of Basrah in November 1989; the Department of Microbiology at Baghdad University in June 1985; the Ministry of Health in April 1985 and Officers' City, a military complex in Baghdad, in March and April 1986.

The shipments to Iraq went on even after Saddam Hussein ordered the gassing of the Kurdish town of Halabja, in which at least 5000 men, women and children died. The atrocity, which shocked the world, took place in March 1988, but a month later the components and materials of weapons of mass destruction were continuing to arrive in Baghdad from the US.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 01:20 AM
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hello pexx421,

I agree with you 100%, I think ther've opened Pandora's box with this one. How are we going to clean up this messy Praxis? All jokes aside, a terrible action by the worlds least greatest.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 01:45 AM
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Originally posted by GoldenFleece

Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.


So we continued to sell them these various materials, during and after the first gulf war?


According to this source, it was the Soviets and then the Ruskies that aided Saddam. Source

Among other things noted in the article are:



After all, Russia helped Saddam get his hands on them in the first place. The Soviet Union and all its bloc states always had a standard operating procedure for deep sixing weapons of mass destruction — in Romanian it was codenamed "Sarindar, meaning "emergency exit." ... It was for ridding Third World despots of all trace of their chemical weapons if the Western imperialists ever got near them. We wanted to make sure they would never be traced back to us, and we also wanted to frustrate the West by not giving them anything they could make propaganda with.

All chemical weapons were to be immediately burned or buried deep at sea. Technological documentation, however, would be preserved in microfiche buried in waterproof containers for future reconstruction. ... And all chemical weapons plants had a civilian cover making detection difficult, regardless of the circumstances.






The Soviet bloc not only sold Saddam its WMDs, but it showed them how to make them "disappear." Russia is still at it. Primakov was in Baghdad from December until a couple of days before the war, along with a team of Russian military experts led by two of Russia's topnotch "retired"generals: Vladislav Achalov, a former deputy defense minister, and Igor Maltsev, a former air defense chief of staff. They were all there receiving honorary medals from the Iraqi defense minister. They clearly were not there to give Saddam military advice for the upcoming war—Saddam's Katyusha launchers were of World War II vintage, and his T-72 tanks, BMP-1 fighting vehicles and MiG fighter planes were all obviously useless against America. "I did not fly to Baghdad to drink coffee," was what Gen. Achalov told the media afterward. They were there orchestrating Iraq's "Sarindar" plan.

The U.S. military in fact, has already found the only thing that would have been allowed to survive under the classic Soviet "Sarindar" plan to liquidate weapons arsenals in the event of defeat in war — the technological documents showing how to reproduce weapons stocks in just a few weeks.


So does that mean that Americans and Russians were supplying Iraq with WMD's?

That makes no sense what so ever. I don't know why both sides would be providing Saddam with WMD's at the same time.
I'm going to lean towards the Ruskies providing Saddam with most of his WMD knowledge.

I do wonder though. If we where to search the waters in and around Iraq... would we find the evidence of WMD's from the end of Saddam's regime? (i'm talking '95 and later)

Doh. ETA: Source Link.

[edit on 23-1-2010 by sporkmonster]



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 01:54 AM
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Originally posted by sporkmonster

Originally posted by GoldenFleece

Reports by the US Senate's committee on banking, housing and urban affairs -- which oversees American exports policy -- reveal that the US, under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr, sold materials including anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism to Iraq right up until March 1992, as well as germs similar to tuberculosis and pneumonia. Other bacteria sold included brucella melitensis, which damages major organs, and clostridium perfringens, which causes gas gangrene.


So we continued to sell them these various materials, during and after the first gulf war?

I was wondering if anyone would catch that. Yep, according to U.S. government documents, even after Saddam gassed the Kurds in 1988, and during and after the first gulf war.

Mind-blowing, isn't it?



[edit on 1/23/2010 by GoldenFleece]



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 02:03 AM
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Well at least they admit that the heaviest areas of contamination were in locations of the Iran/Iraq war pre 1991 or 2003. Also I love how the report leaves out this little jewel.


1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor

The Israelis have bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq's capital, Baghdad, saying they believed it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel.

It is the world's first air strike against a nuclear plant.


[edit on 23-1-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 02:10 AM
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reply to post by endisnighe
 


The chemical weapons used against the Kurds are completely different compounds in a completely different area of Iraq. Please check your facts and your chemistry.

Dioxins (wikipedia)

Iraq gasses Kurdish population

Dioxins are a huge class of chemicals (all very toxic though). As Dioxins result primarily from incineration (oil fires, forest fires, rocket launches), the dioxins are a direct result of both the major oil fires and war in general.

Unfortunately, dioxins accumulate in fatty tissue hence the major concern of dioxins in breast milk. Crazy world we live in, huh?



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 02:15 AM
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Sounds like it's similar to the shape We left Laos,South Vietnam and Cambodia in before We left in 1975.



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 02:16 AM
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Here is a complete list of countries who supplied Iraq with chemical weapons. I love when everybody forgets who else were involved in arming Saddam.




Britain
France
China
Netherlands
Belgium
Spain
US of A

Source

Also has everybody forgotten how many Russian made Tanks, Helicopters, jets and AK-47s the Iraqi's used in both wars?


[edit on 23-1-2010 by SLAYER69]



posted on Jan, 23 2010 @ 02:17 AM
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reply to post by GoldenFleece
 


GRRRRR, I had a pretty good post to respond to you. Unfortunately I hit the back button on my mouse and lost it. I will try to rewrite it and will do so through edit.

To start, Why would Americans and Russians supply Saddam with WMD's at the same time?

I feel stupefied as to this information. I can not seem to re form my thoughts of what I was going to post to you. I'm all ready flaming mad about the SCOTUS ruling, regarding campaign finance. Though I think this will be a good push towards public financing of campaigns, with the ability for citizens to donate money towards that fund if they wish.

I'm sorry, I'm just not focusing well enough at the moment.

[edit on 23-1-2010 by sporkmonster]



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