Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Last night I went to a seminar on the effects of the war on the health of the Iraqi people - part of an effort not to allow myself to totally ignore news on the Iraq War as a result of numbness. A lot of it was stuff I already knew (like the reports of iraqbodycount.net putting civilian casualties at about 35,000 and the Lancet report which put the number at about 100,000 a year and 1/2 ago), but there was a 15 minute documentary which featured a testimonial from a doctor who was in Falluja during the seiges that killed approximately 2000 Iraqi civilians. It's pretty outrageous. The documentary is being shown around the country now but has not yet been published by any media. Most of what he reported is included in this 5 page pdf file which I got off of the website of the group that he's involved with: doctorsforiraq.org. I highly recommend reading it, especially if you're like me and catch yourself avoiding reading stuff like this. It's important to remind ourselves how unbelievably fucked up this war was, is, and continues to be. That our government continues to defend it is unconscionable.