Humanitarian Intervention

Brian stood for ten long years in parliament square protesting against the wars and sanctions that we imposed on other countries, delivering death and suffering to millions of people.

Will it always be the same? supplying arms to maintain this addiction to violence and repression.

‘Man’s default mode is war’  it is said and certainly this maxim is fed with a constant diet of violence and war nostalgia on film and television.

Iran appears to be the next middle east country on our war agenda. Constant sabre rattling from America and Isreal possibly mean that it is only a matter of when! So millions more lives will be blighted over our greed for the resources  of the middle East.

18th century imperialism masquerading as 21st century humanitarian intervention.

IRAQ; THOSE LABORATORY MICE WERE CHILDREN part 2

The Madison Times by Karlos Zuruhza
According to a study released by the Switzerland-based International journal of Environmental Resaech and Public Health in July 2010, “the increases in cancer, leukemia and infant mortality and perturbations of the normal human population birth sex ratio in Fallujah are significantly greater than those reported for the survivers of the A-bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.”
Reseachers found there had been a 38 fold increase in leukemia (17 fold in the japanese location.) Reputed analysts such as Naom Chomsky have labeled such conclusions as “immensley more embarrasing than the Wikileaks on Afghanistan.”
Samira Alaani, chief doctor at Fallujeh hospital, took part in a study in close collaboration with the World health Organisation. Several tests conducted in London point to unusually large amounts of uranium and mercury in the hair root of those affected. That could be the evidence linking the use of prohibited weapons to the extent of cocongenital problems in Fallujah.
Other than the White phosphorus, many point to depleted uranium (DU) a radio active element which according to to military engineers significantly increase the penetration capacity of shells DU is believed to have a life of 4.5 billion years and it has been labeled the”silent murderer that never stops killing”. Several international organizations have called on NATO to in vestigate whether DU was also used during the Libyan war. “Today, families are flocking to Tehran for their children to be treated. many of them are sleeping in the streets because they cant afford to pay a hotel room.”

IRAQ: THOSE LABORATORY MICE WERE CHILDREN

From The Maddison Times by Karlos Zurutuza April 18th 2012

FALLUJAH.- At Fallijah hospital they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects- there are just too many. parents dont want to talk.
“Families bury their new born babies after they die with out telling anyone,” says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi “its all too shameful for them.”
We recorded 672 cases in January but we know there were many more,” says Hadidi. He projects pictures onto a wall at his office: Children born with no brain, no eyes, or with the intestines out of their body. Facing a frozen image of a child born without limbs, Hadidi says parent’s feelings usually range between shame and guilt. “They think its their fault, that there’s something wrong with them. And it doesn’t help at all when some elder tells them its been ‘God’s punishment’.”
The pictures are difficult to look at and, those responsible for all this have closed their eyes.
“In 2004 the Americans tested all kinds of chemicals and explosive devices: thermobaric weapons, white phosphorous, depleted uranium… we have all been laboritory mice for them,” says Hadidi, turning off the projector. The months that followed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 saw persistant demonstrations against the occupation forces. But it was’nt untill 2004 when this city by the Euphrates river to the west of Bagdad saw its worst. On March of that year, images of the dismembered bodies of 4 mercenaries from the the U.S. group Blackwater hanging from a bridge circulated around the world.Al-Qauada claimed the brutal action and the local polpulaion paid the price for operation Phantom Fury that followed. Acording to the pentagon, this was the biggest urban battle since Hue ( Vietnam, 1968) The first crack down came in April 2004 but the worst was in November of that year. Random house to house checks gave way to intense night bombings. The American said they used white phosphorous “to illuminate targets at night.” But a group of Italian journalists soon gave documentory evidence that white phosphorous had been just another of the banned weapons used against civilians
by the U.S. troups.
The total number of victims is still unknown. In fact,many of them are not born yet.
Abdulkadir Alrawi, a doctor at Fallujah hospital is just back from examining an intriguing new case. “This girl was born with the Dandy Walker syndrome.
Her brain is split in 2 and I doubt she’ll survive.” As he speaks, the lights go off again in the whole hospital.
“We lack the most basic infrastucture, how do they want us to cope with an emergency like this?” to be continued

Obituary in Independent

I was privileged to be one of Brian Haw’s many friends, writes Nicholas Wood (obituary, 20 June). The judiciary, the police and MPs judged him as mad; it is my belief that one day he will be regarded as the only sane person in this country. He saw before anyone else, in 2001, what was being done in our name to children and mothers and to the human genome. He saw the blind ignorance and greed of politicians like Hoon and Blair using depleted uranium weapons to impose so-called western values on people who did not want their front doors kicked in to the sound of barking dogs. He had pictures of the disastrous effects of depleted uranium weapons on human DNA, and how irreversible that gene damage was.

Ten years on, in 2011, he is being proved right. In places like Fallujah young women are being advised not to have children because it is highly likely that their babies will be grossly deformed. He was a devout Christian, and this probably kept him going through 10 harsh winters, rain storms, mud, traffic noise, police harassment, and continuous battles in the courts. Of course he had utter contempt for Blair’s Christianity. One Christmas day two police were sent to harass him in a police car. I berated them. One leaned out of the window and said, “I don’t actually like doing this as I have a palsied child myself.”

When Brian got very depressed, I said to him, “One day you will be regarded as the Gandhi of this country, and they will make a bronze statue of you, like Churchill, leaning forward on your crutches defiantly against an ignorant Parliament.”