It seems that the new march to war has been stopped, or at least paused…for now. I am grateful but wary and wish that I could believe that the situation in Syria will be resolved through diplomatic means, through the proper international channels. I hope that my skepticism is proven wrong, and that we really can stop the Nobel Peace Prize winner from sending in bombs, as if you could really bomb your way to peace. I salute everyone who worked hard to stop what seemed inevitable. It gives me hope that we really can stop a wrong when we see it, and if we scream loud enough, our “Representatives” might even listen to us, and do the people’s bidding. I think that it was people putting pressure on Congress that helped bring this about. That and Kerry’s ineptness. But mainly the power of the people. Right on.
So, I’m left thinking hard about what it will take to see some action on the consequences of our past wars. What will it take to get people in power to accept responsibility for their actions? How can we get some justice for the babies of Fallujah? I do think that helping Ross get his documentary made is a positive step. Not only will it raise awareness and educate, it can be used as a vehicle to both raise funds and to lobby our governments to take steps to make amends. When enough people are educated and see the damage caused by our weapons, well, maybe enough people will say no more, no more blood on our hands. At least that’s my hope.
It will be a hard fight. Already the powers that be are denying and fighting and doing everything they can to dismiss and deny. As I mentioned in a previous post, the World Health Organization and the Iraqi Ministry of Health did a study on birth defects in Iraq that began in May-June 2012 and was completed in early October 2012. The study was supposed to have been released in November 2012. Still no report or word from the WHO, but yesterday the WHO quietly released a short summary that shows “no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq.” These results are definitely at odds with previous research on the public health crisis in Iraq. And it most certainly doesn’t explain what the doctors at Fallujah General Hospital see every day, day in and day out. And still, where is the WHO? I am skeptical, and fear that the same people who denied Agent Orange for years will do whatever they can to deny the situation in Fallujah.
We can’t let them. Please share the kickstarter and keep talking about the babies. As the efforts in Syria show, we can change the course of events if we try. We just can’t stay silent, and we can’t give up. For these babies: