Have You Read Tomas Young’s Letter To George W. Bush And Dick Cheney?- He’s A Dying Vet
While scanning the internet this morning I stumbled across this. A dying vet named Tomas Young wrote his last letter to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. He wrote this letter to explain his views on the war in Iraq, and how he thought the wars was totally wrong.
Young starts off the letter explaining why he is writing. He explains how he was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City and that his life is coming to an end. He goes through a laundry list of reasons why he is writing:
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 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.
Young goes on to explain why he chose the pair to write his last letter too.
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.
The letter goes on to explain Young’s view on Bush and Cheney. It isn’t a positive view either:
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.
You can read the full letter by Clicking Here To Dangerous Minds. It’s very long, and very political.
My only concern, is the letter real? Do you believe its true? Also, do you believe it represents the views on most Americans? Post your comments below: