Epidemic of Birth Defects and Cancer in Iraq: America’s Toxic Legacy


by Stephen Lendman

America’s Gulf War, intermittent bombings in the 1990s, the 2003 war, and aftermath left a toxic legacy.

Children born with two heads reflect it. Some had only one eye. Missing sockets look like the inside of an oyster. They’re milky and shapeless.

Some children had tails like a skinned lamb. One or more had a monkey’s face. Girls had their legs grown together. They were half fish, half human.

Miscarriages are frequent. Hundreds of newborns have cleft pallets, elongated heads, overgrown or short limbs, and other malformed body parts. Some are too gruesome to view.

Deformed Iraqi newborns are commonplace. So are virtually every known illness and disease. They’re inordinately frequent. They range from severe headaches, muscle pain and debilitating fatigue, to serious infections, cardiovascular disease, brain tumors and numerous type cancers.

They include leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma. Others affect the bile ducts, bones, brain, breasts, colon, prostate, esophagus, gall bladder, liver, lungs, pancreas, pharynx, ovaries, salivary glands, small intestine, stomach, thyroid, urinary tract, and pelvis.

Cancer’s been around a long time. In October 2010, Nature.com headlined “Cancer: an old disease, a new disease or something in between?”

It said a “striking rarity of malignancies in ancient physical remains might indicate that cancer was rare in antiquity….”

University of Illinois School of Public Health/Cancer Prevention Coalition Chairman/Professor Emeritus Samuel S. Epstein titled his 1978 award-winning book “The Politics of Cancer.”

Twenty years later, he updated it. It’s called “The Politics of Cancer Revisited.”

He’s an internationally recognized cancer expert. He calls it a growth industry. Over recent decades, the incidence of numerous types skyrocketed.

He referred to doing so in modern societies. Iraq and other US war theaters are different. Iraq perhaps is in a class of its own. Vast parts of the country are irradiated.

On May 21, Science Daily headlined “Cancer and Birth Defects in Iraq: The Nuclear Legacy,” saying:

Ten years after the 2003 war, Mosul-based scientists “detected high levels of uranium contamination in soil samples at three sites in the province of Nineveh which, coupled with dramatically increasing rates of childhood cancers and birth defects at local hospitals.”

Iraq’s a toxic wasteland. Scores of pollutants include dangerous chemicals and metals, oil, gasoline, pesticides, bacteria, other poisons, and irradiation. Widespread depleted uranium use caused it.

US bombs, missiles, shells and bullets use solid DU projectiles or warheads. They’re de facto nuclear bombs. Their widespread use is more harmful than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Inhaled or ingested DU particles or dust is highly toxic. They’re designated illegal weapons for good reason. America prioritizes their use. Iraqis suffer horrendously.

Radioactive contamination is virtually everywhere. DU’s half-life is 4.5 billion years. Contamination is permanent. According to Helen Caldicott:

America’s two Iraq wars “have been nuclear wars because they have scattered nuclear material across the land, and people, particularly children, are condemned to die of malignancy and congenital disease essentially for eternity.”

From 1991 – 2008, the incidence of birth defects and childhood cancer spiked sevenfold. Over one-third of US Gulf War vets are dead, seriously ill, or permanently disabled.

Science Daily said widespread “carcinogenic material across Iraq suggests the public health legacy of the two Gulf Wars is only going to get worse.” It does so annually.

In October 2012, London’s Guardian headlined “The victims of Fallujah’s health crisis are stifled by western silence.”

Four new studies link “one of the most severe public health crises in history” to America’s two November 2004 assaults on the city. Cancer rates and birth defects spiked dramatically.

Cancer expert Dr. Chris Busby studied conditions. He called Fallujah’s crisis “the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied.”

In some respects, Basra replicates it. Its neural tube defects (aka “open back”) incidence is unprecedented. Numbers keep rising.

Hydrocenphalus (water on the brain) cases among newborns are sixfold higher than America. US munitions bear full responsibility.

In September 2012, the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (BECT) headlined “Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities.”

Evidence it reported was damning. From October 1994 – October 1995, congenital defects per 1,000 live births in Basra’s Maternity Hospital was 1.37.

In 2003, it was 23. It represented an “astonishing 17-fold (increase) in the same hospital.” From 2003 – 2011, annual evaluations were conducted. Congenital birth defect occurrences and types were reported.

Metal levels in hair, toenails and teeth were provided. Children with birth defects had nearly three times more lead in the enamel portion of deciduous teeth than others living in unimpacted areas.

Parents were abnormally affected. Pregnant mothers and growing fetuses are especially vulnerable. Exposure to toxic air, water, and soil pollutants assures trouble.

Following US bombings, contamination increased dramatically. Cancer, other diseases and birth defects followed. They’re at epidemic levels. They keep rising.

Populations in war zones suffer horrifically. Radiation-affected theaters compound it. BECT said nationwide Iraq ill health reports suggest greater crisis ahead.

“News of increases in childhood cancers, of perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality, and of unusual increases in congenital birth defects, have continued to emerge from across Iraq.”

Data from central Iraq’s Al-Ramadi corroborated Fallujah findings. Basra’s seriously affected.

“Present knowledge on the effects of prenatal exposure to metals, combined with our results, suggests that the bombardment of Al Basrah and Fallujah may have exacerbated public exposure to metals, possibly culminating in the current epidemic of birth defects.”

Internal pre-Gulf War data showed cancer incidence at 40 per 100,000. By 1995, it was 800. By 2005, it doubled to 1,600. Annually, numbers increase.

They understate the problem’s severity. Cancer and birth defect rates are likely much higher. Reporting falls short of what’s needed.

Iraq’s a cauldron of disease, malformed newborns, pain, suffering, misery, deaths and despair.

Daily violence, extreme poverty and unemployment, malnutrition, repression, dysfunctional infrastructure, permanent occupation, and other imperial priorities compound other problems.

Media scoundrels don’t explain. US ones hail an Iraq success story. In August 2008, The New York Times called “Iraq a remarkably safer place than it was when” Petraeus arrived.

Violence “plummeted” significantly. Streets “are flourishing with life. The worst, for now, has been averted.” America’s toxic legacy was ignored.

Violence then was more than acknowledged. Today it’s out-of-control. Resource theft, ecocide, human misery, and health crisis conditions go unreported.

News most fit to print is suppressed. Official fabrications substitute. It’s standard scoundrel media practice.

Most Americans don’t know what’s been done in their name. It’s true in all US war theaters. They don’t ask. They’re not told. It happens every time.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

  1. #1 by Lee Luttrell on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Fallujah is avoided because that is where America committed war crimes. Even the troops were told to keep their mouth shut about what happened.

  2. #2 by amerikagulag on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Thank you Israel! Thank you GW Bush

  3. #3 by NLG on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Someone should inform the USA that depleted uranium is itself a biological weapon; and so is white phosphorus. But, you know, the USA and Israel can dump all this stuff they want on civilians. Who’s gonna say $hit or doi anything about it when the USA welds that veto at the UNSC and everyone is powerless (at the moment) to stop them militarily? It won’t be long, though, before the USA exhausts itself–of course, in wars for Israel’s hegemony–and the petro-dollar implodes when the House of Saud collapses under the weight of its own tyranny. I’m throwing a party.

  4. #4 by Wally D. on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    A war crime of epic proportions. May these images haunt Bush and his handlers into eternity.

  5. #5 by Gary on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Not that care one bit about america’s cannon fodder and their problems but it amazes me that somehow you never see any of them complaining publicly about the ailments now affecting them.Serves them right though, I guess they got what they deserved.

  6. #6 by George on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Jesus will have his judgment on this nation.

  7. #7 by Al on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    None of the so called free press or media in the US ever mentions about such crimes… Unfortunately most of the American people are brain-washed and don’t know about the crimes their government is committing in foreign countries under the guise of ‘Exporting Democracy’ or fighting with terrorism.

    Unfortunately majority of Americans don’t know that their country is an empire and this empire is greedy and wants to expand its power & territory all around the world…

  8. #8 by Noor on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    “It said a “striking rarity of malignancies in ancient physical remains might indicate that cancer was rare in antiquity….”. This sentence is true. I lost a friend to cancer in 1977. At that time it was a comparatively rare disease. Don’t give me any “this is natural” crap.

    DU poisoning and the residual effects are part of the genocidal plans against Muslims. This is the genocidal act that “keeps on giving” until there are no healthy humans left. What is also to be considered is the effect, the so far hidden effect, of these poisons on the brains and psyches of these children. European infants downwind of Chernobyl have all grown up with similar cogitative disabilities and lower IQ’s.

    Look at the children of Chernobyl or the Balkans.

    The children of Vietnam. Wherever these horrific poisons are used on the native populaces. It is genocide, pure and simple. Genocide guaranteed to generate the greatest profit for the medical profession involved and the greatest agony for the Baal these creatures serve.

  9. #9 by classiccom1 on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    America is the Will Rogers of radiation – it never met a radiation that it didn’t like.

    Thank you Uncle Sam. Right now the Delaware , Pa, NJ area is logging a 67 on the radiation chart, but it is only a critical emergency if it gets to 100. The NRC gives out free nuke pills to residents within 10 miles of a USA nuke plant. Thank goodness we live 13 miles away and don’t need any protective nuke pills.


    p.s. – I hope that the scrap metal market is monitored for depleted uranium. Children are playing in these junk yards and getting contaminated. I admire the people of Brazil for standing up to their corrupt leadership. People in America don’t realize that the same tyrants that give cancer to countries they bomb into democracy are also contaminating America and Israel. They are truly insane.

  10. #10 by Touchedthesky on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    This is what illegal Depleted Uranium does to future generations.
    This is what the United States of Israel did to Iraq.

    Even the stupid monkey boy, George W Bush, had to admit that Iraq had nothing to do with “9/11” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U66ab4cMCE

    Israel is doing this foul crap to every life form on this planet!!!

    Incredibly, there are still some dumber than an empty beer can Americans who believe ‘Iraq should be grateful to America’. It should be no mystery why America and Israel are so hated around this planet.

  11. #11 by bigcree1 on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    Search Fukushima Fallout and the radiation now being vectored all over the Continental U.S. And when the Fukushima Prefecture went Critical three years ago the Plutonium/Uranuim Rods melted through their protective shielding beneath the Reactor Core straight into the earth and water table. This means into the Ocean. The Pacific is being contaminated daily with the many Radioactive Particles from this wrecked disaster. When it rains these same particles are dispersed all over the Continent. Not only that but the various underwater Ocean currents carry the debris and radioactive particles around the planet. Eventually our entire biosphere will be a caulderon of toxic soup. There are ways I have heard, to remedy this situation, but the Scientists who do know are threatened.

  12. #12 by SEARCHLIGHT on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    The church going hypocrit christians that love war, will soon find out, who they have trutly beedsn serving BUT IT WAS NOT THE GOD OF CREATION , BUT THE ANGEL OF DEATH.
    God has permited all these attrocitys, so that humanity can chose who to serve, either the god of this world, OR THE ETHERNAL GOD OF AL CREATION, AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
    All those nations that are been destroyed, have also had 2000 years to chose and in complete rebelion they have prefered to continue with national culture, reather than to chose the only one that came to earth with the message of salvation and willing to die for the unworthy humanity, that refused to see and understand what He came to earth to do.

  13. #13 by Mark Propheter on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    It is this stuff like this that breaks my heart. This story and similar stories are so horrific and ugly that I can only read a little at a time. Especially as I am going to work soon.These birth defect stories are the ones that make me convulse with sorrow,shame and anger.
    How can America be this evil!?
    In are bought and payed for media media. They say the “Radical Muslims” call us “America The Great Satan!” I don’t see how anyone can read these stories. About how we turn these children to something inhuman and the unimaginable suffering we cause to these families. Especially the women who have to bare these monsters and not feel the same.

  14. #14 by annebeck58 on 06/19/2013 - 9:34

    I think this will not change until America’s little bastard (-state) starts to see the same happening in their own population. When we jumped into bed with them, we became the world’s terrorists, and again, it won’t change for the better ’til they’re forced to change.
    That’s not going to happen.

    Obama should have to look at photos of these children (perhaps over breakfast) and share them with his own daughters, so his family can see his handiwork.

  15. #15 by mothman777 on 06/20/2013 - 9:34

    The official UN death toll for Iraqi civilians and combatants in Iraq was 4.4 MILLION several years ago, and that figure is very much out of date now.

    In Iran for instance, prior to the invasion of Iraq, according to medical researcher and author Ty Bollinger, the annual death rate from cancer was 50,000, but after DU weapons were used in Iraq, the radioactive dust blew over the border into Iran, and the Iranian death toll per year from cancer went up to 450,000 a year, so war was also waged in that manner on Iran even at that time, and other nearby countries, simple bloody racist genocide in the most utterly horrific manner possible, using exclusively Jewish-designed radioactive weapons, for an exclusively Jewish purpose, the extermination of all other races from the surface of the entire planet, no less, as demanded in the Jewish Talmud and Torah from thousands of years ago, by both Sephardim and Ashkenazim Jews.

    So how many people have been dying of cancer in Iraq each year since the invasion? The total deaths must vastly outnumber the original official UN figure of 4.4 million, which only included those children under 5 years of age who died from US ‘sanctions’, and not those over 5 years of age.

    Also, the viable birth rate in Falluja in Iraq is only one three hundredth of what it was before the invasion by the US alliance, as the pregnancy rate there now is only one third of what it was, as fertility has been reduced so much by the weapons; also, out of every one hundred births that do occur, only one percent are healthy and free from genetic defects, at least visibly at the time of birth, with the remaining 99% being comprised of 25% born dead, and 74% showing signs of genetic defect, with such conditions as syndactily, a characteristic condition caused by uranium weapons where fingers are missing. That is effective genocide. That must be the ‘success’ that the Americans talk of.

    At some time in the very near future, I hope that Israel is delegitimized, and that all the Israeli nuclear stockpile is destroyed, and then, because atomic weapons were only invented by Jews for the purpose of terrorist blackmail against the entire world, and for Jewish-controlled governments to use them with the doctrine of MAD, mutually assured destruction, for entire Gentile nations to annihilate each other with, doing the Jews’ dirty work for them, then all other countries in the world should be made to see through their ultimate purpose, once the Jews as a political force have been removed from positions of influence and authority, and also agree to destroy their nuclear weapons as well.

    The people of the world must demand this, possibly saving a few of such weapons only to use against incoming asteroids, until better technology permits a safer method.

    This must be done for the sake of all life on the planet in the future. Radioactive weapons must never again be used in warfare.

    The entire purpose of the nuclear bombs was only ever to kill the Gentiles with en masse, so once the Jews are removed from power, and their so-called religion recognized for what it is, a worldwide criminal terrorist cult hell-bent on world domination and extermination of all Gentiles on the planet, and then proscribed by worldwide law as a forbidden criminal entity, then such weapons are entirely redundant and can be destroyed safely.

    In these times, all wars are caused by the Jews.

    In 1849, before she died, Gutle Schnapper, the wife of Mayer Amschel Rothschild stated; “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.”.

    War today is totally unneccessary, and should be proscribed by law worldwide, as in truth, it does not serve to solve any personal conflict between any man and his neighbours, but merely serves to cause entire populations to genocide each other so that the Jews can take the land when everyone else is dead, and that is what the rabbis themselves have said on this issue, in such plain language, completely unambiguously, that they will cause wars for this very purpose.

    The doctrine of perpetual warfare is only maintained by the Jewish US government, under British Jewish control, as an excuse to continually develop ever more powerful genocidal weapons with which to rid the world of non-Jewish life.

    Without the continued Jewish-contrived justification for continued mass warfare, which is entirely above the heads of the actual peoples of the world on whose behalf these wars are ostensibly planned and fought, the excuse to develop and use further weapons of mass destruction would be entirely redundant with immediate effect.

    Only the relentless drive for the world supremacy of the JWO keeps the arms race in existence.

    The entire concept of mass warfare in these modern times is entirely redundant surely, except in the minds of totally psychopathic criminals, when there are hundreds of other ways to solve any problem.You want water? Here is a desalination plant, or the plans to build your own. Etc. etc.

    You can see now why Hitler utterly forbade his scientists from developing atomic weapons, as atomic weapons have a totally Jewish ethos of total annihilation. Yet people still ignorantly and foolishly criticize Hitler as a ‘fascist’ and justify destroying his forces on those grounds, totally irrationally, totally blind to the truth that the Jews will now be unchecked to rid the entire planet of all non-Jewish life with their hell weapons. He was also a very rare man who could maintain a realistic working relationship with the Muslim peoples.

    The ‘success’ of the American military in Iraq was only in genociding another race for the Jews, nothing else, and that land is cursed for all time now, as not even a spaceship could land there in one billion years and find healthy land to settle on that would not destroy the genome of it’s occupants also.

    The Jews are so sick that they should all be sterilized right now (why not?, as they are sterilizing us all the time with DU, Glyphosate, and all kinds of other lethal crap that they put inside us), as there is some kind of genetic bug in their brain that constantly screams some inner pain, paranoia, and need for violent revenge on their perceived ‘enemies’, who, in their psychotic delusions are ‘all out to kill them’. Jews inbreed through their paranoia about other peoples having come from ‘Satan’, from hell, quite literally, thus they inbreed to avoid mixing with Gentile ‘demons’, so that their genome is totally useless now for the purpose of helping to direct a soul to the real God. Their souls need to discarnate entirely from the mutated and defective Jewish genome and then reincarnate in a fit genome that does not have any similar defects, before they can make any real spiritual progress.

    The Jews are so twisted with pain caused by genetic defect, like some psychological migraine, that all they want is to destroy the whole planet in screaming hate-filled ‘revenge’, like a dangerous drunk lashing out at innocent people whom they wrongly blame for their ills.

    I had thought about the GMO weapons made principally by Jewish Monsanto, and thought that surely they must quietly tell all Jews somehow to avoid being sterilized themselves by GM foods, like they told those 4,000 Jews not to go to work at the New York WTC on 9/11, till I read the other day that the rabbis have done just that by having declared all GM food non-Kosher! So, the Jews alone will survive that weapon. (Zionism not Jewish? Yes it is!)

    Just as Jews tell all other Jews not to interbreed with other races, whilst enforcing miscegenation on all other races, thus damaging millions of years of delicate and highly specialized evolution of all other races, their weapons do not affect them.

    Yet another instance of this is to be seen, according to scientist Leuren Moret, when Israeli soldiers go to war using radioactive weapons, they leave sperm samples in laboratories to use to have children with later. But…, the Gentile forces of NATO, controlled by Jews, are never similarly advised to leave sperm samples to have children with before using Jewish radioactive hell weapons, or offered facilities to do so, thus ensuring not only the deaths of the soldiers that they are fighting, but the deaths of their own family lines also. Solid evidence of this can be seen in the fact that 67% of all American servicemen returning from service in the Gulf War produced deformed children with missing limbs, missing eyes etc.That is what people get fighting for the Jews, and the Jews love it, as that is the whole idea, that both sides of ‘goyim’ that they send to war end up dead one way or another.

  16. #16 by Charles on 06/20/2013 - 9:34

    What a shame for America, set on a path of destruction. Every innocent life taken will be counted against US. God does not leave such actions unpunished and stop saying “God bless America”, because a just God can not be bribed or influenced by lies.

  17. #17 by annebeck58 on 06/20/2013 - 9:34

    Charles, as O’Bambi’s own pastor said (and so many Americans flipped-out over), “God DAMN America.” The chickens are coming home to roost, and if we attack Iran or even THINK of sending (more) troops into Syria, officially, these chickens will roost in American’s backyards.
    To think we can attack and maim, kill, people all over the middle-east, yet at the same time think we will never feel what it’s like in return, is ASININE.
    Americans will get their due. And, though I am American (embarrassingly), I get the anger toward my country and my fellow Americans. How I wish the bubble of idiots in D.C. would also comprehend this- but with the Ape_Pac whispering in their collective ear, they won’t.

    Should we go at Syria, overtly, Russia IS going to bomb US…, repeatedly. O’Bambi had better consider this, though I seriously doubt he will. He’s completely in bed with the Zionazi Jews, and is taking it up the hoo-haah (gladly.)

  18. #18 by annebeck58 on 06/20/2013 - 9:34

    And, this statement:

    News most fit to print is suppressed. Official fabrications substitute. It’s standard scoundrel media practice.

    Most Americans don’t know what’s been done in their name. It’s true in all US war theaters. They don’t ask. They’re not told. It happens every time.

    == IS absolutely RIGHT ON.
    Americans need to wake the heck UP– NOW.

  19. #19 by mothman777 on 06/22/2013 - 9:34

    @ annebeck58 –

    Of course, O’Bummer is drooling down his crack pipe (or something else in his mouth) over the chance to get America nuked by Russia over Syria. This is what it is all about, the arms race that could only continue if Russia was not defeated in WWII instead of Germany, by being given absolutely massive amounts of American weapons by 5th columist commie traitor Roosevelt, even after Stalin had stated that he intended to go on to invade America as well, so that more and more powerful atomic and nuclear weapons could be developed, so that Gentile nations could be made to nuke each other out of existence with these weapons that only the Jews have invented for this very purpose, under their total control, so that the Jews can come in and take all the land when the greater mass of the Gentiles are dead.

    Of course the vast majority of hypnotized Gentiles will not see through this and dare to stop it, as they would never wish to appear ‘anti-semitic’.

  20. #20 by annebeck58 on 06/22/2013 - 9:34

    Yep. Mothman;
    It’s like what’s been going on in the Arab-states.
    Isra-hell has them fighting one-another, which means they’re not fighting their true enemy; the Zidiots. In doing this, not only are they leaving Isra-hell alone, but they are killing more and more Arabs, daily. I don’t know how these people, like in Syria, don’t GET that they are doing the dirt-work for Murder, Inc.., and I don’t know how to convince them of the same.
    I speak with people from all different Arab states, including some in areas where violence is an every-day thing. They either want nothing to do with this, and are worried it will come to their own homes, or they want to see the “other side” (the other Muslims) dead. Meanwhile, Bibi and Peres and Co. sit back and LAUGH; deciding which parts of what states they’ll be “settling’ in and on in the near future.
    As far as the birth-defects go (due to DU and other chemical weapons), the Israelis have said their biggest threat IS the womb(s) of the Arab/Palestinian woman. They’ve figured out a way to counter-attack even that. And they’ve figured it out in the USA and other Western-countries, via GMO’s.

    And, America is just STUPID.
    Obama is their latest and greatest patsy, which is terrible for US ALL.

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