Tomas Young at Ground Zero in 2008
Iraq War veteran and outspoken Iraq war critic Tomas Young died at the age of 34. Democracy Now! reported his death Monday, the eve of Veterans Day. Young enlisted in the Army following the 9/11 attacks, volunteering to go to Afghanistan. He went to Iraq, and a bullet left him paralysed on the fifth day of his deployment. In 2008, he explained, “many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our heart, only to see them subverted and bastardised by the administration and sent into the wrong country”. Young was the subject of the award-wining documentary Body of War by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro. In 2013, Young wrote The Last Letter: A Message to George W Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran. He wrote:
You may evade justice, but in our eyes, you’re 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.
Asked by Democracy Now! last year how he’d want to be remembered, he said, “That I fought as hard as I could to keep young men and women away from military service. I fought as hard as I could to keep another me from coming back to Iraq”.
11 November 2014
What a day for this poor guy to pass on. However… it’s appropriate. I hate the wars that America started… I love the vets. The vets aren’t to blame for the warmongering pols (most of whom are cowards who refused to serve!). The vets didn’t start the aggressions to enrich the greedy oligarch businessmen. The vets didn’t decide to drone-strike civilians. Note well that the sorts who operate the drones from safe locations aren’t like the real vets who were in harm’s way. Do ya wanna meet folks who hate war and don’t want it at almost any price? Meet a bunch of real combat vets! Most of the loudmouth VFW sorts are rear-area sludge… REMFs (Rear Echelon Mother Fuckers… like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina). I seem to notice that folks who actually faced bullets not only don’t want to do so again, they don’t want to see anyone else do it either. Just sayin’…
Light a candle for Tomas. Memory Eternal, bro…
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