I pasted Thomas Young's letter in a comment to Elliot's earlier blog but I think it's important enough to repeat. Here it is again. Make copies of it, spread it around:

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney

From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

Thomas Young

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bigon42 6 years 48 weeks ago
#1

I believe the trouble with this world today is; everyone wants power, money and glory.

Why are we having wars?

The whole world is now in a state of war; as there are very few countries that not involved directly or indirectly, and the TV is soften up their views to accept whatever the politicians want and let’s be honest most of the wars have its roots in the west. Or they are the first to (pure petrol on the flames) put guns in. unless it’s in there part of the world.

Why is that?

The human race has been on this earth for thousands of years without democracy, as a matter of fact it was kings and a king in my view is a dictator.

Has anyone take a globe lately and spin it then start putting and x on all the countries that are armed to the teeth. And 99% of this arms can never be used, what a waste of human brain power.

“There are only two things that will never say no; it’s the (white man) eye and the grave”. the more eye see the more it wants.

One thing I am sure of, it don’t matter how much money, power or glory you got, you will die and leave it here.

As for Bush, Cheney and Blair give it a year or two Hollywood will make a film and it will all be forgotten.

From a politicians view point, Life does not mean much any more. I’ll add this there is no such thing a American life, or Russian life, life is life and every one on earth has a right to enjoy there life.

If all peoples of the world start respecting each other, and start looking after the earth, rather then wanting more and more, humans I believe will have a much better time in there short life’s on this earth.

I think this is rather stupid, and I am sure I am going to upset lots of you all, more so Americans for saying this,as Americans are all about the flag, andyou guys likes wars, you lot should sit back and take a long look at yourselves, you guys are like Rome, remember the Romans, now this is why I think you all are so stupid, every one has a mother and she pushs you out on a piece of rock, and you are going to kill for that piece of rock. WOW

For those who believe in God remember this:

God 1 is the creator

God 2 is the first son name Jesus

Example only: Gorge Brush 1 and his first son is George Bush 2

Jesus said he was present when all the havens and earth were made

The devil came to Jesus and told him that all the kingdoms on earth belongs to him, ask him to worship him and he will give it to him and Jesus said

Then he gave us the lords prayer. “let your kingdom come on earth as it is in the havens”

For the Muslims who is reading this, what or who is reasonable for all life on earth, answer the creator, our father, for a slang way of putting it, “the big daddy” and many more names and I don’t want to go there.

So if christens pray for a kingdom to come on earth then why do you take part in the devil’s kingdoms,

Jesus said he is coming back to head this kingdom he ask us to pray for.

The Catholics know this, but like everyone there are looking for a political something, as they said, the league of nations were what …. Who was at the head of that

Where I leave we don’t have guns and that’s not a problem. Seeing that I am not American I might be a little bit off, I think everyone in the USA should have a gun, and there should be security guards on the school entrance. (Where I leave we don’t need to put wire fences around our schools) Also every school teacher in the class room should have a gun too.

I mean everyone should have one at work from the Shop keepers, priest in the church, bar staff, taxi drivers, you should even be allowed to carry your gun when you go to a club, bar, restaurant, the tv presenter should also, for when he/she start there lies, just incase someone shoots (at) them.

From what age? Let’s start at six or ten, or somewhere in between.

The up side is, Americans will not need so many prisons, just think of the savings, and think of the American jobs there will be digging graves.

Also if the anti-abortion group wins, just think, when you are old enough to buy a gun, there will be more sales for your cooperation’s

Dose Americans allow have rocket launchers? I ask this as there is or will be drones in the sky soon.

So it’s all a win win, were there any jails in the Wild Wild Wild West

Maybe then you lot will take a serious look at this death machine.

What do you think?

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Alberto Ceras 2 6 years 48 weeks ago
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Quote bigon42:

I think this is rather stupid, and I am sure I am going to upset lots of you all, more so Americans for saying this,as Americans are all about the flag, andyou guys likes wars, you lot should sit back and take a long look at yourselves, you guys are like Rome, remember the Romans, now this is why I think you all are so stupid, every one has a mother and she pushs you out on a piece of rock, and you are going to kill for that piece of rock. WOW

No, bigon42, your comments aren't stupid at all, far from it. Thank you for these your passionate, compassionate thoughts.

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