Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Unfond Farewell: Dying Iraq War Vet's Letter To Bush, Cheney

Tomas Young is dying, in hospice care now after his condition has worsened to the point that he apparently feels treatment would be futile. But he has no intention of departing this world quietly while George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, whom he holds responsible for his paralysis by a bullet to the spine five days after his arrival in Iraq, still get off scot-free for what he sees as their crimes perpetrated against him, several thousand American vets, and an uncounted number of Iraqi civilians somewhere between a couple hundred thousand and a million or more, depending on whom you ask.

His dying words are all over the Web. I ran across them via DSWright on FDL.

I cannot express my feelings better than by pointing you to Dylan Thomas's most powerful poem, Do not go gentle into that good night. Mr. Young, to his last breath, is living the essence: "Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

So many humans needlessly killed, maimed, placed in a condition no sentient soul should ever suffer... all for the selfish motives of men like Bush and Cheney. This is emphatically not why America has a military: Bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes for their uncaring, needless abuse of so many people.


  1. Why does War Is A Racket spring to mind

    1. jams, in the US, more than in the UK or other places I can think of, war truly IS a racket these days: some people get something out of it, and those people pursue it regardless of the consequences to the larger population. Some of America's founders (Madison?) pointed out that the executive branch of government has a stronger motivation toward war than society at large or the legislative branch of government. Lately, America's legislative branch has contracted a sort of disease that causes it to love war to a degree unnatural to it, and everybody suffers.



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