Wednesday, September 26, 2007

CHOLERA IN IRAQ: Chlorine shipments hosed in failed state

Back in June, DD blog noted:
By annoying contrast, cholera -- an extremely serious microbial intestinal illness --has been spotted in Iraqi children recently.

This is primarily a result of the the United States having created a failed state in Iraq, conducting and setting about the smashing of the country's infrastructure, severely damaging its capacity for producing and distributing clean water in a region that has always had a shortage of it.

Nevertheless, the US continental security apparatus continues to hoot about the imminent dangers posed by the use of chlorine although there is no indication that terrorists have the capability to strike with masses of the halogen here.

At the time, it was fairly obvious cholera would get worse because of the relatively unwarranted hysteria over use of chlorine gas cylinders in terrorist bombings.

Today, Lewis Page at the Reg, reported:

"A senior Iraqi government official has said that water treatment plants are critically short of chlorine gas which they need to purify public water supplies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that supplies of the gas are being held up due to fears it might be used as a chemical weapon, and adds that chlorine is vitally necessary to control an ongoing cholera outbreak in Iraq."

One can place this tragedy directly at the feet of the American occupation.

The US government and military has always had an inordinant fear of chlorine in Iraq. Minor use of it in terror bombs has resulted in overreaction to control it, making sanitation of water even more difficult in a country where clean water is at a premium. The hazard posed by potential chlorine bombs against US forces is not proportional to the hazard posed by serious epidemics of intestinal illness caused by lack of safe, clean drinking water.

Read the rest at the Reg here.

In June -- cholera in Iraq.

Impossible to bypass practical limits to terror use of chlorine in Iraq.


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