Accountability for Torture and Other War Crimes
Even a cat was smart enough https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Khut8xbXK8 to realize that Big Brother has been living in 3-D [namely: delusion, duplicity, and dishonesty] ever since the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq. Yet, in a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, our insouciant citizenry seems also to be living in 3-D rather than protesting US war crimes. For those of us who study US History, compare Pres. Bush’s modus operandi in Iraq to that of Pres. Roosevelt’s covert provocation and advance knowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Deja vu. In the context of expanding America’s Empire, is OPEC’s oil in the Middle East the coveted golden fleece? Ergo, despite the Bush-Blair Magnum Opus, the only “weapons of mass destruction” to emerge from this contrived military conflict are our own!
In March 2013, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges published an interview with Tomas Young about his worldview and his circumstances. Young was in hospice care at the time of the interview, which was conducted at his home in Kansas City. Although he has contemplated suicide on various occasions, Tomas later changed his mind, saying “I want to spend as much time as possible with my wife, and no decent son wants his obituary to read that he was survived by his mother.” That same month, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Truthdig published “The Last Letter” by Young directed towards George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:
“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.”
Tomas Young, The Last Letter