And also in Basra and elsewhere in Iraq. The study was pushed yesterday by the HuffPo, and claims that half of the babies born in Fallujah since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 have been born with birth defects, whereas prior to the invasion the rate was one in ten. There are a myriad of factors that are cited as possibly responsible, ranging from the metals used in US munitions to psychological stress. The Pentagon states that no depleted uranium, which might otherwise be suspected, was used in Fallujah.
The study's leader is Mozghan Savabieasfahani, an Iranian student at the University of Michigan, who apparently specializes in environmental sciences as they relate to public health, and who suspects lead and mercury poisoning as being the most likely culprits, but he is also a pro-Iranian, anti-American activist, as this piece railing against the US and Zionists makes clear.
Now, if the US employed only conventional munitions in Basra and Fallujah, it is odd that the birth-defect results should be so spectacular. Comparatively speaking, one would think that the long civil war in Lebanon, for example, might yield similar results, or the areas along the borders of Iran and Iraq where millions died in trench warfare there, but no . . . it appears that American and Israeli troops have uniquely toxic weapons that cause special consequences for innocent civilians, which is convenient if it's your point to try to demonize them under the guise of a study. I'm guessing that it has to do with environmental raaaaacism.
Arabs and other Muslims have it so hard in the US that publicly funded universities give them money to grind their anti-American axes. If the US had not applied economic sanctions against Saddam Hussein and the mullahs, Iraq and Iran would long ago have gotten rid of their terror-exporting leaders and beome the edenic oases that all Muslim countries would be if not for the meddling. When bigots so blithely invent counter-factual romance histories, one has to take a hard look at the other reporting they're doing, particularly when they don't vociferously attack holocaust deniers or Islamist supremacists.
Related: HuffPo fears Romney may let lobbyists into the White House, hilarity ensues. Almost a year ago, (a different) Carney was forced to address (badly) the disparity between the rhetoric and the behavior.