The Power of Freedom: Iraq

From torture camps to black sites, 
Abu Ghraib by the thousands.
Dark skies split with phosphorous lights,
Melting open hands.

Uranium-tipped rain falls near mom;
Her three-headed girl just born.*
Another girl with six fingered palm,                                                
New heirloom bodies torn.

To the blind men cheering on…
Good Lord, was that really me?
God once blessed America,
And she's turned her back on Thee.

*Note: Fatima Ahmed was born with two heads attached and one head not attached.

Interesting reading and viewing:

Abu Ghraib
Betrayal of human rights, fairness and Geneva Convention agreement of conduct of war.
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (documentary)

… phosphorous lights; To melt …
U.S. use of White Phosphorous which is a chemical weapon like Napalm; it melts people. New formula, basically same effect.

Uranium-tipped … bodies torn.
Thousands of tons of U.S. depleted uranium (DU) tipped missiles (dirty bombs) leave a legacy of cancer, leukemia, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning and record birth defects including limb, head, heart and nervous system for Iraqis to deal with. Following this discovery, women in Fallujah are told by city officials not to have children.

Uranium is heavy and slices through armor handily which makes it highly desirable for the Department of Defense (DoD) to use.The relationship of DU to the growing health problems in Iraq is controversial due to: lack of study, misinformation from DoD, incomplete studies and new evidence coming to light and finally inflammatory, sensational reporting. You can decide. In any case something is going on. Following the invasions we have a large increase in the above medical conditions.

More research is needed to determine all causes. In 1999, the Rand Corp. – hired by DoD after congress demanded studies to be done – dismissed the use of depleted uranium as dangerous. However, their study did not include combat use of the uranium where high pressure explosions turn this into a dust particle aerosol. The DoD began a program of misinformation by flooding different channels to confuse and put down the issue. A UN 2008 report from 2008 addresses a number of studies directly.

effects and extent of radiation

studies on depleted uranium

… blind men cheering on …
Pentagon uses marketing/media techniques (and contractors) to falsify testimony in media and in front of Congress. All our conventional media outlets (network TV and newspapers/magazines) have been controlled as a result. "Embedding" the journalists gives false keyhole impressions of the war to Americans (and Congressional leaders) as to why we are there, what we are doing, what WMDs we have been using and the extent that the horrific, nightmare effects playing out now in Iraq are related.

00:55:00 US used legally prohibited cluster bombs not reported in US
01:07:55 US arranges for Saddam statue topple for TV viewing
01:20:20 US targets/kills independent journalists

Psywar (documentary)
The first bit after a little history speaks of Iraq. The rest is interesting though.
00:12:23 Lancet report to be taken with caution. Numbers are believed to be inaccurate and inflated due to improper polling techniques.

Staged Rescue of Private Jessica Lynch

No End in Sight (documentary)
Excellent documentary tracing the rise of the insurgency that we caused.
Including deaths, increased poverty and destruction of infrastructure, the insurgency – which we created through policy and inaction – destroyed Iraqi culture through the burning of the national archives and looting of their museum. This museum once contained artifacts from the dawn of history.

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