Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tomas Young, for That I Am So Sorry

This is Tomas Young
Screenshot of YouTube Video ‘Remembering Tomas Young’ 
by Amanda Young
Following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Tomas Young wanted to defend his country. He joined the Army expecting to fight in Afghanistan, but instead deployed to Iraq. There, on April 4, 2004, a bullet ripped through his spine and paralyzed him from the waste down. After more than 10 years of suffering, as a result of fighting in a war that should have never been, Tomas succumbed to his wounds and died on November 10, 2014. Tomas was 34 years old.

Tomas Young’s last days, as reported by Chris Hedges, “… were marked by a desperate battle to ward off the horrific pain that wracked his broken body and by the callous indifference of a government that saw him as part of the disposable human fodder required for war.”

Ralph Nader, upon the death of Tomas Young, wrote, “In the annals of military history, moral courage is much rarer than physical courage, in part because of the long-lasting sanctions against dissenters and those who speak truth to power about the faults in our own society. Tomas Young had both moral and physical courage. His example should be heeded by young soldiers in the future who are ordered by their gravely flawed politicians to make the ultimate sacrifice for their leaders’ illegal follies and ambitions.”

In Tomas’ “Last Letter,” a letter addressed to George Bush and Dick Cheney, speaking on behalf of all others who have suffered a similar fate, he wrote the following: “We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned.”

So have all of us been used, betrayed, and abandoned. Our government has sold us a bill of goods in order to gain our support for their aggression. Instead of providing for our needs right here at home, the American people have been abandoned for the sake of waging never ending wars in order to bolster or maintain corporate profits, and in particular the defense industry profits, derived from them.

But because of our lack of moral courage, and sometimes our gullibility, we the people let wars and the lack of care for our veterans happen without sufficiently effective opposition.

Tomas, for that I am so sorry.

Copyright © 2014 Horatio Green