Tomas Young’s last letter

Via Truthdig comes a message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from dying veteran Tomas Young.

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.

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3 comments to Tomas Young’s last letter

  • Cat Kin

    This letter hurts me more than I can say. So let me say this: I wrote to every pundit and blogger I could. Argued and was shouted down on Bill Buckley’s Yahoo screed multiple times, pleading every reason, economic, political, religious, ethical, that I could think of to discourage a preemptive attack on Iraq. I thought that surely the lessons of Viet Nam would prevent another half-ass excursion into somebody else’s land. But it still hurts.

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  • Linda Norton

    Me too Cat. Me too. I actually predicted the entire debacle on the very day of the single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history – the day they appointed George W. Bush to the presidency. </3

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