CENSORED: Fallujah: A Lost Generation?

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Chris Busby
March 22, 2012


CENSORED: Fallujah: A Lost Generation?
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About the Film

After the resistance movement in Fallujah successfully repelled the first U.S. led siege of Fallujah in April of 2004, Fallujah became a symbol of heroism and resistance in Iraq. In the United States Fallujah was made into a symbol of terrorism. The U.S. mainstream media described Fallujah as a “hotbed of anti-Americanism” and an “insurgent stronghold”, and gave little mention of the 300,000 civilians that lived there. In November of 2004, the U.S. launched a massive siege on Fallujah that killed anywhere between 800 and 6,000 civilians, forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, and left much of the city in ruins. From that point on Fallujah became a symbol to much of the world of cruelty, devastation, and occupation.

The suffering inflicted on Fallujah did not end in 2004. Life for the people who chose to return to their city never improved. The U.S. imposed security measures and curfews that made living a normal life in Fallujah impossible. Residents already had to struggle to make ends meet in their dilapidated city, but the constant security check-points, ID card scans, and arrests only made life harder. Food and medicine were scarce, and they remain scarce to this day.

Worst of all, since 2004 there has been a dramatic increase in birth defects, infant mortality, mental retardation, and cancers of all sorts in Fallujah. The birth defects are truly horrifying. Babies have been born with six fingers on each hand, scaly skin, missing limbs, two heads, and there has been one case of a child born with a single eye in the center of his forehead. Experts blame chemical weapons used by the U.S. during the 2004 sieges, like white phosphorous and possibly depleted uranium.

The few studies that have been done suggest that there is “genetic damage” within the population, and the evidence suggests ionizing radiation exposure as the cause. This has led some to say that the health crisis in Fallujah is worse than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs. So many children in Fallujah are now being born horribly deformed or mentally retarded that many women are afraid to try to have families.

The U.S. occupation has had horrible effects on the Iraqi population, but Fallujah has suffered more than any other Iraqi city. Fallujah is to the Occupation of Iraq, what My Lai was to the Vietnam War, and what Hiroshima and Nagasaki were to World War II.

We recognize that, as students and working people, we have a responsibility to control our government, and we acknowledge that justice requires more than just words – we must take action. We cannot sit at home and hope someone else will end these inhuman occupations. We need to stand up and do it ourselves. As long as Fallujah continues to suffer, and until Iraq is free of unwanted foreign influence, we will do everything in our power to end the occupation of Iraq by U.S. troops and private security contractors.

We will stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Fallujah, and we will fight to eradicate the culture of militarism and individualism that is destroying us at home. We will not let Fallujah disappear from our collective memory, and we implore our friends and families to never forget what was done there. Fallujah is a symbol of what war and imperialism will always lead to, and it is a symbol of the legacy that we are leaving behind us. Fallujah is there to remind us of what we have done wrong in the past, and to make us think about what we need to do differently in the future.


2012 / 03 / 22
Richard S. Lowry says:

"Experts blame chemical weapons used by the U.S. during the 2004 sieges, like white phosphorous and possibly depleted uranium. "

Please provide a legitimate source for your claims that white phosphorous or depleted uranium caused any one of the horrifying birth defects you have described.

Also, do you happen to know where and when Abu Mushab al Zargawi beheaded Nick Berg?

2012 / 03 / 22
John smith says:

Maybe there wouldn't be a lot of these issues if those who fight to defend Iraq actually use uniforms. The Taliban and al queda dress like the civilian population making target recognition extremely difficult. Not only that but the us military was not in Iraq to defend ourselves but to defend and protect the defenseless like the Kurds. Also the "terrorists" targeted and bombed their own people. Many of them women and kids. Before you place blame take a look at how they treat themselves and others. Then understand why we were over there. But I do agree that the use of chemical weapons is inhumane but saying its because of imperialism is insulting.

2012 / 03 / 23
macmarine says:

WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.
--Major Gen. S Butler

This ist still true re. the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. But what is eben more horrible is that the US-led coalition comitted war-crimes as well as crimes against humanity according to the Geneva Convention when it employed DU munitions in these illegal wars of aggression. In both countries depleted Uranium has been dropped in bombs, and used in ammunitions (mostly in anti-tank rounds as e.g. fired by the A10 Warthog) by the thousands of tons. DU has a half-life of 4.5 BILLION years and the fine radiating and toxic dust particles will contaminate large areas for untold generations. It is has been demonstrated to cause cancers and horrendous birth-defects. Knowingly doing this, is a WARCRIME of the highest possible order!

2012 / 03 / 24
Charles Frith says:

John smith's comment is the most vacuous I can recall. Why don't the enemy wear armbands to stop us nuking them.

2012 / 03 / 24
mikecorbeil says:

John Smith's post must be trying to be a comedian. Iraqi Resistance, Taliban and Al Qaeda are civilians; not government soldiers. And even if they made and wore uniforms, it wouldn't make the war better. It's a war of aggression, aka against peace, which is totally and extremely criminal. Besides, the U.S. would kill many civilians and destroy civilian infrastructure anyway. One of many ways of realizing the latter is true is to consider the deadly genocidal impact of the 1990- or 1991-2003 economic sanctions against Iraq, which caused the deaths of around 500,000 Iraqi children, plus the deaths of around an additional 1,000,000 Iraqis, for a total of around 1.5 million innocent Iraqis. What on earth could cause you to believe Washington cares about sparing civilians? Stop dreaming.

2012 / 03 / 24
mikecorbeil says:

Richard S. Lowry and anyone else who asks for sources could simply try some very simple Web searches; f.e., using Fallujah and cancer for search terms. It's a topic that's easy to do Web searches for.

2012 / 03 / 26
MikeD says:

Predictably the docu now not available on Vimeo

"Sorry, "Untitled" was deleted at 4:41:22 Fri Mar 23, 2012. We have no more information about it on our mainframe or elsewhere."

I was lucky to see it before its removal - many of my friends weren't so lucky...

2012 / 03 / 27
humbleEarthling. says:

The video is available at other locations for those missed it on Vimeo.

Try here:

I could not have put it better myself. Hats off to you Sir.

@Richard S. Lowry
You ought to be working for the WhiteHouse. They are in sore need of more clueless morons. You would make a superb government mouthpiece with that level of blatant ignorance.

2012 / 04 / 16

I for one can recall the battle in which you speak that the, "Few studies" conducted have, "led some to say that the health crisis in Fallujah is worse than in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombs fcaused". I can honestly say that Few studies say that, "Your information is not factual". Without going into reporting or even writing 101, I can honestly tell you that you lack the education level to try and report on such a level. I understand that you plagiarized for the most part, in the end you just failed. I for one would like to know who the accredited "Few Studies" and "some" that said are!

I was there!!!

2012 / 05 / 27
EltBech says:

@all who defend Bush administration and imperialism
will "these children" be happy till the end of their lives of Bush administration's will to overthrowing Saddam?

2012 / 09 / 22
kelly says:

many children are now being born horribly deformed or mentally retarded that many women are afraid to try to have any

2013 / 01 / 04
LocalHero says:

Unbelievable that there are actually apes on here defending the war crimes of the US. Even more mind-boggling is the fact that some claim to be soldiers who were there and were probably exposed to the same deadly compounds as the general population.

War criminal Henry Kissinger was right (unfortunately) when he said--

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

The comments by some here prove his point.

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