...a new study reports a "staggering rise" in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war.
High rates of miscarriage, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiralling numbers of birth defects ranging from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs have been recorded. Even more disturbingly, they appear to be occurring at an increasing rate in children born in Fallujah, about 40 miles west of Baghdad.
There is "compelling evidence" to link the increased numbers of defects and miscarriages to military assaults...
The two areas that come in for special attention here are Fallujah, the site of two assaults by American forces, and Basra, where British forces were active. Technology may have brought us precision targeting but it has also given us contamination with heavy metals and the attendant health problems. Iraqis will be paying a high price for this war for generations. Will any of those in the American or British governments whose actions led to the invasion be held accountable?
The title of the post is a quote from Barack Obama.
Will similar studies be done in Afghanistan and will they find similar results?