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Too many babies without eyes in Iraq as a result of depleted Uranium bombs

by Open-Publishing - Tuesday 12 February 2008

Wars and conflicts International Health

Edward De Sutter 26/05/2001
source : Dutch Journal Medical Science

Source: Nederlands Tijdschrift Geneeskunde, 2001, 26 mei; 145(21), blz.1024
(Dutch Journal Medical Science, 26 May, 2001; 145(21), p.1024)
Iraq: Too many babies without eyes

Mohammed A. Salman, an eye surgeon from Baghdad, is reporting via the internet about the phenomenon anophthalmos: babies who have been born with only one eye or who are missing both eyes. This is a rare anomaly, which normally exists at 1 of the 50 million births. The Iraqi eye doctor, however, is reporting 9 cases in two years; 8 babies are missing both eyes. The Flemish eye doctor Edward De Sutter from the Groeninghe Hospital in Kortrijk picked up the message from internet and started a scientific discussion with Salman per e-mail. On the critical and unbelieving questions from De Sutter, Salman proposed to come and to look by himself. De Sutter accepted the invitation and came to Iraq, together with two other colleague eye doctors. What he saw in Iraq, was horrible, like he writes in the Flemish daily ’De Standaard’ (5 May, 2001).

De Sutter examined a number of children by himself which was born without eyes, but also saw some pictures of children with grotesque anomalies, such as the start of one eye in the middle of the face: the so- called cyclops. His colleague Roland Bonneux examined children with an absent crown of the skull who were keeping alive in the incubator. "I am not so much bewildered about the presence of the anomalies as well about the great number out of them", says De Sutter. Out of the 4000 births there are 20 with such anomalies."Iraq seems to be a scientific curiosity." The cause is evident according to Salman: from 7 of the 8 anophthalmosic babies who missed both eyes, the fathers have been exposed to U.S. antitank weapons during the attack of the U.S. on Iraq in 1991.

At this depleted uranium was used. According to the official point of view from the U.S. the radioactive particles, which released during the use of such weapons, pose no danger for the health, but various groups - amongst them participants of the conflicts in Kosovo in 1999 - disputing this.
Leaving all political sensitivities aside it has been clear to De Sutter that Salman needs help. Not only concrete aid of medicines and material, but also aid in the field of scientific knowledge and support. On a special web page of the Association of Eye doctors in Flanders ( http://www.iraqi-child.com ) more is mentioned about the mission of De Sutter to Iraq and the aid program that he and his colleagues want to set up.

Translation by Henk van der Keur

Dr.Med.Dr.Sc. Edward De Sutter
Dienst Oogziekten
C.A.Z.K. O.L.V. Groeninghe
Campus Sint-Maarten
B. J. Vercruysselaan 5
B-8500 Kortrijk
edward.desutter asr azgroeninge.be

Forum posts

  • The Zionists?? Would you drop that old tired mantra of blame and worry about your own life, for the love of a higher power! Geeze! Another hatefilled rant complaining about the so called haters...

    • You are right.

      It is so much easier to blame someone else that it is to look at yourself for faults.

      Many and many people simply cite the Zionist name and disconnect their thoughts. It makes it easier on their conscious minds to then think they cannot do anything about it and that it is not at all their own fault.

    • To 208.114: The word ’Zionist’ does NOT appear in the article above, not even once. Heck, neither does the word ’Jew’ or ’banker’ for that matter.

      The topic of this article is how the depleted uranium used in US tank rounds during the 91 Iraq may be the root cause to many horrendous deformities found amongst Iraqi children in this decade.
      Hell’s bells, man, why don’t YOU read the freaking article, I already read it.

      Maybe YOU should take some CHILL out time, practice breathing and READ an article in its ENTIRETY before you go on a rampage about ’hate filled rants’ against ’the so-called haters’.

      Maybe, just maybe, all this so called hate is pent up DEEP inside of you, mon ami. Appeal to your higher power and let it help you found out why you hate the so called ’hate filled ranters’ so much, so you can eradicate it.

    • I read it too and others similar over the past few years as I’m increasingly aware of the urgency of the DU issue. We’re constantly bombarded with all sorts of news to distract us and whenever DU comes up it often gets brushed aside as though it were a conspiracy theory. There are known facts about it as causing birth defects. Let’s all do some research and see what we can do to prevent future use of it anywhere...like continuing to share information exposing it until no one can look the other way. Mere pity and complaining doesn’t help. Compassion comes from the heart and can reach everyone it touches and seems even contagious. It’s never too late.