The Story of an Iraq War Veteran

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 3rd Apr 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Gandhi

A War Veterans Grim Message

Dylan Stableford reports for Yahoo! News: After the crippling injury of an Iraq War veteran who committed to military life shortly after the twin towers incident, a chilling letter is discovered revealing some of his most heartfelt secrets. This is a tragic story about a young man who devoted his life to a cause that he considered to be misguided. Undoubtedly, he wanted former President George W. Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney to know what thousands feel, but are reluctant to express. In his calligraphy he accused them both of harsh war crimes, "plunder" and "the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole."

The focus of this story surrounds a young soldier named Thomas Young, who was left paralyzed after an insurgent attack in Sadr City in 2004. The life altering injury came after a few short days into his first deployment, where upon he chose to display the letter from his Kansas City, Mo., home, where he is under hospice care. To paraphrase, he tells Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, that in all likelihood it will be his last communication. Further, he does not deceive himself into thinking that either of the two men will grasp the horrific human and moral consequences of their lies, manipulation and unquenchable thirst for wealth and power.

Moreover, he affirms his reasons for adopting his viewpoint: "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."

Mr. Thomas Young has to be commended for having the mitigated gall to become the voice of countless Americans. The arrogance displayed by some of these politicians when proven to be wrong is incredulous. Few people will refute this veterans sentiment, that efforts to launch the war should have been halted with no evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Also, there is no evidence to date that we are benefiting from Iraq's oil revenues. Finally, one has to pay homage to a soldier who sort a more constructive path to vent his frustrations.


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I am endeavoring to become a freelance article writer for now. Recent studies include a freelance writer's article and blog course offered by Growth Education.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Apr 2013 (#)

The leaders should never have got carried away when lives of millions were at stake. It is much easier and cheaper to fight for peace. It is not difficult to rein in North Korea if the US and China cooperate - siva

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
4th Apr 2013 (#)

siva, it is the US which is the problem - not North Korea. The leaders of both North and South Korea had made a peace pack and families were visiting on both sides of the fence as it were, until the US Government said: We cannot have this! Remember?

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
4th Apr 2013 (#)

Jay Maxwell, thank you for the story of the young soldier and his letter.

I saved this page to link up to one of mine own when the time comes.

Thank you, dear friend.

Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Johnny Knox
14th Jun 2013 (#)

Interesting story worth reading. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
24th Feb 2014 (#)

Great read.

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