Before launching Tomahawk missiles at targets in Damascus, let's first of all arrest Tony Blair, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Gordon Brown and Condoleezza Rice. Get them in chains and hand down the indictments. Do it now because while there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE to support the claims that Bashar al-Assad's military used chemical weapons in Douma last weekend or ever, we KNOW that the US and the UK used chemical weapons in Iraq. The first battle of Fallujah in April 2004 was a month long bombardment, during which US forces failed to take the city. The second battle, in November that year, destroyed the city. To justify the breathtaking carnage and loss of life, the liars said that Fallujah was an insurgent stronghold. The US and UK forces deployed white phosphorus shells and Depleted Uranium weapons. A year earlier (2003), when told that Iraq had complained about the use of Depleted Uranium munitions, Colonel James Naughton of U.S. Army Material Command stated in a Pentagon briefing that “They want it to go away because we kicked the crap out of the them.” What a psychopath.
A 2010 study into the effects of these weapons on Fallujah concluded that increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the city exceeded those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Still think we're the good guys, the righteous ones? More than 300,000 Depleted Uranium rounds were fired on the city, some of them from British tanks. It was unimaginably evil. The brilliant journalist Robert Fisk visited Fallujah for The Independent newspaper in 2012. He produced a special report on the legacy of the bombardment of the city and how large numbers of babies were being born with horrific deformities in the hospital there. Fisk wrote:
The pictures flash up on a screen on an upper floor of the Fallujah General Hospital. And all at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi's administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest, date of birth 17 June, 2009. Yet another picture flicks onto the screen: date of birth 6 July 2009, it shows a tiny child with half a right arm, no left leg, no genitalia.
"We see this all the time now," Al-Hadidi says, and a female doctor walks into the room and glances at the screen. She has delivered some of these still-born children. "I've never seen anything as bad as this in all my service," she says quietly. Al-Hadidi takes phone calls, greets visitors to his office, offers tea and biscuits to us while this ghastly picture show unfolds on the screen. I asked to see these photographs, to ensure that the stillborn children, the deformities, were real. There's always a reader or a viewer who will mutter the word "propaganda" under their breath.
But the photographs are a damning, ghastly reward for such doubts. January 7, 2010: a baby with faded, yellow skin and misshapen arms. April 26, 2010: a grey mass on the side of the baby's head. A doctor beside me speaks of "Tetralogy of Fallot", a transposition of the great blood vessels. May 3, 2010: a frog-like creature in which – the Fallujah doctor who came into the room says this – "all the abdominal organs are trying to get outside the body."
Fisk's report and the accompanying photographs are sickening. His findings were endorsed by a number of visiting physicians, journalists and academics, people like Dr. Chris Busby and Robert Koehler. There has never been any investigation of course. There has never been any serious calls for those responsible for the most vile crimes against humanity to stand trial for them. And yet many of these same people are today calling for the bombardment of Damascus, based on the spurious claims that Assad is using chemical weapons. He isn't, it's a matter of fact that his accusers actually did use them, but does anyone really care?