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.
Betrayal of human rights, fairness and Geneva Convention agreement of conduct of war.
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.
… 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.
Interesting reading and viewing:
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My take on life is that people are generally good and want to be and do good, but are confused. I know this is the case often with me. This due to so much information that is manipulated by others. It is just so hard to know what is real. The above points were new to me until recently. I knew things were very bad and wrong in Iraq, that there was torture and loss of human rights, but the extent of our violations did not make their way to me. Some closure is needed. Those responsible need to be held accountable.
My hope is that this will soften some people's hearts to take a look at some of the points above (I have a link to my site where there are some recommended documentaries and writings). Perhaps someone will spread the news in a way that they can best do and better than I have to make a real difference. I wish you well and peace.