Thomas Young : We Salute You : We will keep fighting to bring Bush to Justice.
Tomas Young (born November 30, 1979) is an American military veteran of the Iraq War. He was paralyzed by a bullet to the spine while deployed in Iraq. One of the first veterans to come out publicly against the war, he has spent most of his life since the war protesting. Young’s conditions have worsened due to various medical complications and he is currently on hospice care, awaiting his death
Thomas Young is authorized to speak out about the war in Iraq. There are 4488 who can no longer speak out about the war: (Killed Since war began (3/19/03): 4488) , and 32,021 who are authorized to speak out about the war : )Total Wounded: 32021) Mr. Young is one of the wounded who still has a voice to speak out about the crimes committed against him.
(Interestingly enough, Fox News has not hired a single one to come on the shows in which they keep spreading the American hate.)
Thomas Young is part of America that we love. Ready to stand up to defend. Ready to believe in the greatness of our country.
Mr Young did voice his qualified opinion on the war:
Tomas Young, who was shot and paralyzed during an insurgent attack in Sadr City in 2004, five days into his first deployment, penned the letter from his Kansas City, Mo., home, where he’s under hospice care.
“I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney,” Young wrote in the letter published on Truthdig.com. “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 33-year-old, who was the subject of Phil Donahue’s 2007 documentary “Body of War,” continued:
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.
Young believes he was injured fighting the wrong war:
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.
“When Tomas Young saw President Bush on television speaking from the ruins of the Twin Towers, his life changed,” his bio on the “Body of War” website reads. “As his basic training began at Ft. Hood, he assumed that he would be shipped off to Afghanistan where the terrorist camps were based, routing out Al Qaeda and Taliban warriors. But soon, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq.”
(Congratulations Yahoo on printing news that is relevant. Google….catch up with Yahoo on relevant news stories!)
This is just one facet of the war crimes of George_W._Bush and Dick Cheney The part that Mr. Young cannot comment on because even though they are civilian “non combatants” they have been classified as terrorists by our government are the 109,032 deaths including 66,081 civilian deaths (Which we would not know the official government number had Wikileaks not published the information that was being kept from the American public)
The bottom line is that it is difficult for all of us to live in our beloved country when its leadership is monopolized by captains of industry and its public is stupefied by a monopolized news media. The good news is that everything is cyclical and it will come out in the wash because we will keep pushing until the country is back in the hands of an educated public.
The best way we can repay heroes like Thomas Young for believing in the real America, even when it was held hostage by Bush and Cheney, is to keep pushing until we get a conviction and send them to prison. The best present we can give him is to have the links in this article on George Bush and Dick Cheney to point to Wikipedia pages with the title “Convicted War Criminal”.
Thanks Mr. Young.