Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Anti-American Art: Weapons of Mass Destruction

This crudely executed stamp from the last years of Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq is part of a series issued in 2001 condemning "The Crime of Using Depleted Uranium Against Iraqi People by USA." It's a stylized depiction of an Iraqi family defying a falling US bomb. While this stamp refers to the fallout from the US bombing campaign during the so-called first Gulf War, the effects of modern American weapons of mass and less-mass destruction on the civilians of Iraq in the aftermath of the second US attack and invasion continue to be noted.

Recent reports of birth defects in Fallujah noted on Alternet documented massive increases in the number of "central nervous system anomalies" and physical deformities among newborn babies, and incidences of cancers is way up across the board. Among the suspected causes are white phosphorus explosives and shells made of depleted uranium. But hey, the Iraqi people are free(tm)!

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