Once again, the birth of a child in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago has been celebrated in much of the world. It is often said that Christmas is above all the children’s festival. Therefore, we must remember the children of Fallujah and hold the responsible accountable for the atrocities there and elsewhere in Iraq. Iraq War Trials are necessary to prevent recurrence. The polluter pays principle is important to enforce for cleanup (if possible), for compensation and for care of the victims. We owe this to the children.
For further information, see for example what Democracy Now and Iraq Veterans Against the War have written about White Phosphorus and Depleted Uranium (DU). One of the most horrifying aspects is the potential long-term effects. DU has a radioactive half life of 4.5 billion years.