All these pictures are of a single man- A young man who fought for his people- A man who is about to die.
He was wounded in 2004 in Iraq’s Sadr City. The injury left him paralyzed chest down. He is now in hospice care.
Tomas Young wrote this gravely moving letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. In his letter, his last letter, as he calls it, he said he was writing on behalf of his fellow Iraq War veterans, soldiers and Marines who died or got injured in Iraq, their families as well as the dead and wounded Iraqis.
“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.”
This letter would haunt anyone who has a conscience.
You can read his entire mail here.
For many, the war in Iraq was sold on lies. Many believe the claimed threat was nothing but a farce.
The man in the hospice now, is an extremely altered version of a youth that joined the army immediately after 9/11 wanting to go to Afghanistan to fight those who had dared attacked America. However, he found himself sent to Iraq. From day one, he felt there was no reason to invade Iraq. Five days into his tour in Iraq, on April 4th, 2004, his Army truck was ambushed.
He has been since staunchly and vocally against war.
He was also part of the documentary “Body of War.”
You can watch a trailer of Body of War here:
He has previously voiced his questions on public platforms as well.
But all this has gotten to him now. He has voiced his intention to end his life via Skype call, saying that he intended to stop taking all nourishment and life-extending medications. “It’s time,” he said. “When I go I want be alert and aware.”
Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges met Young and wrote a piece titled "The Crucifixion of Tomas Young" in which he explained how he found the young vet fed up of being dependent on others for even the simplest of daily tasks,
Tomas Young is but one of the thousands of casualties of the American war on terror. Since the Iraq War began, 4,488 U.S. service members have been killed and more than 32,000 have been wounded.
In a way, the war has taken away more from America than giving it. Security is still a distant dream, yet brave young men and women like Thomas Young are many. Young men and women whose lives were not destroyed by the enemy, but the country and the cause they believed in!