Those people who support a policy of having the United States supply military aid and weapons to Syria need only look at Iraq and the medical effects of the intervention there for a glimpse of what kind of humanitarian assistance Syria may be in for. In a March 15 Guardian Weekly article Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, a cancer specialist at the Sadr teaching hospital in Basra, Iraq, stated that prior to the Gulf War he saw two to three cancer patients a month, but “now we have 30 to 35 dying every month. Our studies indicate that 40 to 48 percent of the population in this area will get cancer in five years’ time to begin with, then long after. . . Most of my family have it, and we have no history of the disease.”
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Along the corridor of the hospital, pediatrician Dr. Ginan Ghalib Hassen has posted photos of the children she was trying to save. Many had neuroblastoma. “Before the war we saw only one case of this unusual tumor in two years. Now we have many cases, mostly with no family history. I have studied what happened in Hiroshima. The sudden increase of such congenital malformations is the same.”