Iraqi exiles in Syria
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Grim past, dim future for Iraqi exiles in Syria
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Death of countless
Iraqi physicians, overseen by epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, published a study last year in the British medical journal The Lancet. The study estimated that 655,000 more people than normal have died in Iraq since coalition forces invaded the country in March 2003. This is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech last December.
In a statement released on Thursday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) criticized the Israeli closure and occupation of Palestinian land, which has left hospitals unable to treat the sick and injured, and has left farmers unable to work their land.
The Red Cross called on Israel to `lift the retaliatory measures which are paralyzing life in Gaza`, and to stop targeting the civilian population.
But it's those who sent them to war in the first place for whom the greatest chastisements and judgments of God are reserved those who caused the death of countless innocents, the making of scores of widows and orphans, the breaking of hearts and bodies, those whose hands are red with the blood of those they've caused to die through sanctions, disease, malnutrition, bombs, and other weapons of war.
Ted Rudow III,MA