March 12, 2013
Nearer My God to Thee

Tomas Young, paralyzed in Iraq by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (among millions of others; you know who you are), is in hospice care committing slow suicide. Chris Hedges writes about his decision in Truthdig:

Young joined the Army immediately after 9/11 to go to Afghanistan and hunt down the people behind the attacks. He did not oppose the Afghanistan war. “In fact, if I had been injured in Afghanistan, there would be no ‘Body of War’ movie to begin with,” he said. But he never understood the call to invade Iraq. “When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor we didn’t invade China just because they looked the same,” he said.

He became increasingly depressed about his impending deployment to Iraq when he was in basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. He asked the battalion doctor for antidepressants. The doctor said he had to meet first with the unit’s chaplain, who told him, “I think you will be happier when you get over to Iraq and start killing Iraqis.”



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 12, 2013 10:41 AM
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Proving once again that the god boys should be rounded up, put in uniform if they aren't already in it, and sent to the front lines where god will direct their hands to do his work.


I also ran this astounding essay.

Posted by: Suzan on March 12, 2013 11:30 AM

That's a slow way to go, with plenty of opportunities for him to change his mind. Many people whose bodies and minds have been broken and feel like there's nothing left for them on Earth find things to like and ways to be that make life attractive for them. He has a wife who loves him and stands by him, and he has the growth of a toddler he loves to look forward to. I hope he discovers a good place for him, someplace he wants to stay. We in the world need good people like him.

Posted by: JoyfulA on March 12, 2013 11:17 PM

When will they ever learn,
When will they ever learn?

Never, that's when. Welcome to the Holy American Empire.

Posted by: Lou Garou on March 14, 2013 5:26 PM
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