Dahlia S. Wasfi


Iraqi American antiwar activist Dahlia S. Wasfi discusses the Iraqi government’s dearth of accomplishments and continued reliance on U.S. support, the U.S. actions that exacerbated sectarian violence, drawing attention to the humanity and suffering of Iraqis and the lingering toxic effects of war in Iraq and the U.S.

MP3 here. (38:23)

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi was born in 1971 and spent her early childhood in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, until she returned with her family to the United States in 1977. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1993 with a B.A. in Biology, and in 1997 graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In February/March of 2004, after years of separation, Wasfi visited Iraq to see her family in Basrah and Baghdad. She journeyed to Iraq again for a 3-month visit in 2006. Based on her experiences, she is speaking out against the negative impact of the U.S. invasion on the Iraqi people and the need to end the occupation.

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    1. Iraqis and US G.I.'s should file class-action suits against the Pentagon for continuing to use depleted uranium shells when they know they cause birth defects, the way cigarette smokers filed lawsuits against the big tobacco companies for continuing to sell cigarettes when they knew they caused lung cancer.

      1. There is no such thing as a "depleted uranium" shell. Shells are hollow and filled with explosive. DU penetrators are solid metal rods; they do not explode. DU kinetic energy penetrators have not been used in Iraq or anywhere else in the world since 2003. There is a very simple reason, a DU penetrator is a hard metal rod, it does not explode, it is useless against anything other than a tank. I have news for you, there are no enemy tanks in Iraq or Afghanistan. The claims of birth defects are bogus. Extensive discussion of the photos, some of which appear to be of specimens from a Czarist era Russian museum, can be found at http://www.depletedcranium.com.

  1. The above comment is typical of someone who believes but really does not know much or anything about the subject. The lies about depleted uranium started with Saddam Hussein's regime. They fell on fertile ground with people like the above naive and ignorant poster. Uranium does not replace calcium in bones. Uranium oxide is pretty much insoluble. Dahlia was raised on lies and has never bothered to learn the facts because the lies support her political views. If anyone wants to really learn about what DU does to the environment, then they should read the actual scientific reports of the UN Environment Programme and the International Atomic Energy Agency;

  2. UNEP offered to go into Iraq, but Saddam refused them entry. Saddam's government did not want a competing story to their propaganda campaign. UNEP sent three teams into the Balkans (the last of the three reports is very thorough and is at http://postconflict.unep.ch/publications/BiH_DU_r… . IAEA sent a comparable team to Kuwait and UNEP trained an Iraqi team to assess the area around Basra. I doubt that Dahlia has read any of these reports and persnipoles would not want their wrong ideas countered by fact. Persnipoles, you surfed around, but you ignored any site that had actual facts on it. Write to me, DUStory-owner@yahoogroups.com – I study the lies and the liars – I have FOIAed their records – that exposes them for what they are.


    " The nuclear program in Iraq stopped, on the first night of the bombing [3.], on the Gulf war, 1991. That’s because they actually bombed the nuclear research Center at the site where we did our research… Control, the manufacturing, the processing – that was bombed. Therefor whole program stopped [1.],[4.]."
    ~ Imad Khadduri [5.], 2007, in CBC’s The Fifth Estate – documentary: "The Lies That Led To War (2007, The Fifth Estate, CBC)"

    [1.] Nuclear weapons (WMD’s), [2.] Permanently (and later defected Iraqi General Hussein Kamel destroyed rest of them: WMD’s 1991), [3.] 17 January 1991, [4.] "Imad Khadduri said that none of that [1.] was NEVER BUILD" ~ Bob McKeown, CBC Reporter in documentary: "The Lies That Led To War" (2007, The Fifth Estate, CBC), [5.] Imad Khadduri, former Saddam Hussein Regime’s Iraqi top Nuclear Scientist , who lives today in Canada, where he teaches computer science at a Toronto college.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4774541.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4774541.sthttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4774733.sthttp://www.cbc.ca/fifth/lies/video.html

    DATA COLLECTED; Joseph 'Condor' Turner, coming author and Director

  4. IRAQ DIDN'T HAD ANY WMD's LEFT after 1991
    – and those few which were left destroyed were OUTDATED (= NOT LETHAL)

    "I ordered (1991) destruction of all chemical weapons. All weapons – biological, chemical, missile, nuclear were destroyed (WMD's). Nothing remained"

    ~ Hussein Kamel (Hassan al-Majid),Defected Iraqi general,son-in-law and second cousin of Saddam Hussein in Amman, Jordan on 22 August 1995 [Click date: 08-22-1995] for UNSCOM (UN) and IAEA Weapon inspector teams. Hussein Kamel was former director of Iraq's Military Industrialization Corporation, in charge of Iraq's weapons program (incl. head of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction programs). On 23 February 1996, Saddam Hussein sent hitmen assassinated Hussein Kamel and his brother Saddam Kamel. http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/docs/unscom95082http://downingstreetmemo.com/timeline/

    " Saddam Hussein is not a threat "
    ~ Brent Scowcroft, National Security Adviser of BUSH Senior, in interview, 1996. – referring to national security of Unites States of America – and whole wide world

    " There's ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE that Iraq was supporting al-Qaeda, – EVER."
    ~ Richard A. Clarke, former National Security adviser of Bill Clinton and counter-terrorism coordinator under administration of George W. Bush, March 21, 2004

    " We disarmed Iraq from 1991 to 1996"
    ~ USMC intelligence major (Ret) Gulf war veteran, Scott Ritter, former United Nations (UN) US Chief weapons inspector in IRAQ (1991-1998) – for Paula Zahn, CNN, September 13, 2002
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfowitz_Doctrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_Doctrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Clean_Break:_A_Newhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Task_Force
    # Iraq oil law (2007) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_oil_law_%282007http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2007/01/08/ira
    # Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts (January-February 2001/March-2001) http://www.judicialwatch.org/oldsite/IraqOilFrgnShttp://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18560_162-592330.html

    " PREVENTIVE WAR was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing. "
    ~ U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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