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Why the U.S Has Used Uranium Bombs Against Iraq

By: Nima Shirali
May 2003

George Bush’s benevolence towards the poverty-stricken people of Iraq can best be shown by the increase in cancer rates within Iraq’s population. With their blatant and indiscriminate violation of human rights, the American warlords (father and son) have dropped thousands of uranium bombs on Iraqi civilian centers. It is unquestionable that such actions have had profound negative consequences for the health of desperate Iraqi civilians. This manifests the fact that American military planners, which adhere to an imperialist agenda, rely on targeting peripheral, as well as military targets in actualizing their goals. As time progresses and as new plans are revealed, their total disregard for Iraq’s population becomes increasingly clear.

To substantiate this, one can refer to numerous UN reports, which validate the fact that cancer rates amongst Iraqi children have increased up to 400 percent since 1991. As well, the death rate per 1000 Iraqi children under the age of five has increased eight fold since the first Gulf War.

To fully understand why such consequential trends are witnessed, we need to consider American motives for subjugating Iraq. It is clear that U.S ambitions to dominate Iraq emanate from a bourgeois perspective of subordinating weaker classes within the global community. American war planners, determined to advance their masters’ imperialist agenda, have, and will, use any weapon at their disposal. As we have seen, and as colonial powers have shown in the past, ascendancy over weaker classes must be achieved at all costs.

In the present context, American imperialists have concurred to use uranium bombs to help achieve this. Their strategy can clearly be discerned as causing disease and desperation within Iraq’s population, which they have reckoned would lead to a submission to their oil and bloodthirsty ambitions. They have falsely predicated that a mother’s anguish over the loss of her child to cancer would give them leeway to realize their goals. As mentioned, they have intentionally utilized uranium bombs to accomplish this.

However, despite what American war planners may think, the 400 percent increase in Iraq’s cancer rate will lead to increased animosity towards the U.S. In turn, this will lead to the solid unity of Iraq’s most affected class, namely, the working class. Clearly, this class has been most affected due to two factors. First, a larger number of individuals, and second, less access to health care as a result of economic status.

In essence, the American objective of subduing Iraqi society, partly with the use of uranium bombs, will not be left unanswered. A concerted and united effort by Iraq’s population, especially the working class, will disprove Bush’s miscalculated assumption that a form of imposed ‘democracy’ will be accepted. Indeed, within a short period of time, we may all witness calls for revolution.

Nima Shirali is Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Reconciliation Journal (MERJ),

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