2 October, 2020

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The Last Letter: A Message To George W. Bush And Dick Cheney

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

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 am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

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.

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.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

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.

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    To Colombo Telegraph with your permission,

    I like to add and re-quote it to Our Sri Lankans;

    And To Mr Emil van der Poorten, as I respect you, Pls comment on my responsive addings.
    I wrote the ideas, which came to my mind.

    “like many other Wars , come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you,To The Ruling Politicians In Sri lanka,
    perhaps of no interest to any Commission Garbing Vultures of the Government and Business circle and your goons.

    WE THE Honorable people of Sri Lanka being Cheated,
    We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned.
    You, President and your Kith and kines, make much pretense of being So called good Buddhists and God fearing Christians.
    But isn’t It lying, cheating and looting of yours country men a sin?
    Isn’t murder a sin?
    Aren’t the theft, looting, Abduction and killing are sins?.
    Are’t the selfish ambition of yours, sins?

    I am not a Christian , but a Buddhist and I believe in the Buddhist Philosophy. I respect the Christian ideas too.
    I believe that, what you and your clan do to the least of your brethren country men,
    you finally do to yourselves, to your own souls.

    our days of reckoning is upon us. All of Yours will come. I hope you all will be put on trial.
    But mostly I hope, for your sake, that you find the moral courage to face what you all have done to us
    and to many, many innocents, others who deserved to live.
    I hope that before you PATRIOTS time on earth ends, as ours are now ending,
    you all will find the strength of character to stand before the peace loving public of Sri Lanka and the world,
    And in particular the Buddhist, Sinhalese people, and beg for forgiveness for the SINS YOU HAVE DONE.

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    The whole world knows how George Bush got elected over Al Gore, because the American Zionists who runs America wanted an aggressive character as George Bush as the President of America, because it was on the cards for the Americans to invade Iraq. For these Zionists it little matter the number of American soldiers they sacrifice at war to keep their business interest going, making the American citizens feel they are fighting an enemy. I only hope this attempt of Thomas Young will open the eyes of all Americans for the futility of War.

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      Maybe Hitler was on the right track!

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    The US leaders especially in Congress have been corrupted by influence of a Israeli lobby called AIPAC.
    They start by contributing large amounts of campaign donations to candidates in both parties, and after supporting them, and they win, Israel has yet another faithful servant in Congress, who then is a pawn that pushes pro Israeli bills and resolutions, giving Israel the most aid, protecting it in the UN, and vetoing resolutions against Israel when they bomb their neighbors. Israel gets the MOST aid from the US, and although it condemns illegal settlement that Israel keep building on disputed lands, the protest is weak and half hearted.

    The pro Israeli neocons that surrounded an imbecile like George Bush, and the devious orchestration by his VP Dick Cheney (an oil executive), lied to the American people, and sent it’s young men, like this unfortunate young man, to fight and die, on lies and false intelligence. They made Saddam Hussein, who at one time was a favorite, into an evil man, beat the drums of war, and attacked and made a mess of Iraq. There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction as they assured the American people. Iraq is in a mess, the people live in fear of terrorist bombs, and thousands of Iraqis have died, or wounded. Israel is now prodding the US to attack Iran, with doomsday scenarios of nuclear weapons. So far the US President has insisted that they will first resort to talks with Iran. If Netanyahu the Israeli President had been able to succeed in interfering in US politics, his favorite Mitt Romney would have won the elections, and Iran would be bombed and attacked. For to have Romney in the White House, Israel can manipulate and control US policies even more.

    This young man is one of many who was sent to fight a war that was totally unnecessary, and it has cost the US too much in lives, and has weakened their economy. The US has started wars in Muslims countries, and the fact that George W. Bush referred to the wars as “CRUSADE” speaks volumes.
    The 1.6 billion Muslims must make some feel threatened and insecure. It is however a big mistake to hate all by what a minority ignorant extremists do.
    Millions of dollars are poured in to bigot groups to keep propagating the hate, and spread the campaign of Islamaphobia around the world. Talks of sharia law being forced in some countries, including the US, are the usual propaganda to cause fear among the ignorant. There are comments in blogs like you see some here, that strangely echo that hatred that evil sources spin, but the rhetoric, the same.
    Muslims are now attacked for the hijab, the halal issue and sharia laws. Isn’t it strange that the same issues are a problems in Europe and even Australia. It is as if the same evil source is orchestrating these anti Muslim sentiments. Hmmm……

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      Through History Americans have helped and created Leaders in other countries of their choice. Shah of Iran, Ferdinand Marcos, Saddhan Hussain, Gaddafi, are some of them. The Americans also have been at the bottom of many an assassination of Political leaders like Buhto’s daughter, Buhto’s successor, Rajiv Gandhi etc. using cat’s paws. The Americans are past masters at staging Elections after hyping the public interest, both within and outside their country. The whole world seem a stage for their theatrics and the UN a tool to shield and cover their tracks.

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    Colombo Telegraph, thanks for publishing this.
    A classic example of a terrible fate for a young US patriot.

    There are many in my country who warship these western countries.Just recently Tony Blair said when people say to me, ‘do you regret removing him’, my answer is ‘no – how can you regret removing somebody who was a monster, who created enormous carnage – not just amongst his own people but amongst the people of the region.’
    These hipocrats know how to spin the words.Blair is equally guilty of the carnage in Iraq.

    Their conscience will haunt them until their death and in the next lives as well.

    “If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.” this is what Buddha said.This is a universal law.

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    As Bush and Cheney near the end of their mortal lives, they are cursed by the thousands of Iraqis, men women and children sacrificed at the alter of America in the name of Security for the American people. Even now their a thousands of children being born with birth defects due to their inhuman use of radioactive waste and chemical waapons.

    So these monsters will not die in peace nor will they rest in peace. A good lesson for our so called patriots and heroes who justify the killing and abduction of innocent people in the name of security.

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    Watch Rafed Al Janabi, codenamed ‘Curvebull’ on Youtube. The Spy who fooled the world and single handedly responsible for the war on Iraq,

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