[Marxism] Forget Veterans Day, but remember Tomas Young

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 00:07:59 MST 2014

"Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran and outspoken critic of the war he
was severely injured in, died on Monday at the age of 34 - a day
before Veteran's Day. There is no word about the cause of death.

"Tomas Young enlisted in the military two days after 9/11 because he
wanted to strike back at those responsible for the attack on America.
Instead of being deployed to Afghanistan after joining the Army, he
was deployed to Iraq. He was shot in the chest and paralyzed during an
insurgent attack in Sadr City just a few days after beginning his tour
of duty.

"His injuries resulted in quadriplegia, paralysis from the neck down.
Young became a significant critic of the war in Iraq – during which
4,488 soldiers and Marines died in Iraq and 30,000 were wounded – and
an early member of Iraq Veterans Against the War advocacy group ..."


Young will perhaps be remembered most widely for his 2013 "Message to
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran":

"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 ...

"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."


"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure
mægen lytlað."

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