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Jesse Ventura, Off The Grid:
Dated: November 12, 2014
The Last Letter
To The Murderers of Humanity
(Compiled by: M. Javed Naseem)
War is the most profitable industry for the ‘Triangle of Evil’ (USA-UK-Israel) who claim to be the victims of ‘would be aggression’, and on that pretext invade other countries that are rich in oil, gas, mineral resources and have sound economies. War is exported in a beautiful ‘packing material’ called democracy and freedom. If you need guns and bombs to enforce democracy, it’s not democracy. It’s probably ‘demo-crazy’!
The American war machine is benefiting the most from these bloody ventures – both politically and economically. But at the same time, the Triangle of Evil is losing its credibility and respect with every passing day, with every bomb dropped, with every drone attack and with every bullet unjustly fired.
As the war machine operators and controllers are busy amassing billions of dollars, the innocent bystanders (people of the countries involved) are paying the price. They are constantly going through hell, day in day out. They are crying for help and nobody is paying attention. They are being massacred but the controllers shrug their shoulders while counting the body bags, and calling it the ‘collateral damage’.
From An Iraq-War Veteran Who Died At 34
A Voice For Peace!
A young American soldier, Tomas Young, was paralyzed during Iraq-War and eventually died at the age of 34. What he went through, nobody can imagine as nobody can feel his pain. Before dying, he wrote a letter to George Bush and Dick Cheney. Here’s a sample of his feelings:
To: George W. Bush & Dick Cheney:
"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
Two days after September 11th, a young man named Tomas Young enlisted in the U.S. Army. During a Humvee ride through
he was shot through the spinal cord & paralyzed. Sadr City
When he returned to the
he became one of the most powerful voices of the anti-war movement. U.S.
He died on Monday, November 10th at the age of 34.
In his honor, I'd like to bring this to your attention. On the 10th anniversary of the
war, Tomas wrote "The Last Letter: A Message to George W. Bush and Dick
Cheney From a Dying Veteran." Here are some excerpts: Iraq
“Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars
of personal wealth, your public relations consultants,
[and your privilege and power] cannot mask the
hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight
and die in
after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged
, and you, Mr. Bush, went
from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice
and selfishness were established decades ago.
You were not willing to risk yourselves for our
nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of
young men and women to be sacrificed in a
senseless war with no more thought than it takes
to put out the garbage."
When asked by ‘ 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
To Tomas - Thank you for being angry. Thank you for speaking out. Thank you for espousing peace. Thank you for pushing justice. Thank you for loving
Dick Cheney’s Black Water:
Making White Money
With Black Means
Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards were recently convicted in their roles for the 2007 massacre of 17 Iraqis in
. And to top it off, “we were paying
an equivalent of $1 Million per Blackwater guard," the Governor points
out. “Our military men and women are lucky to be making $30,000 to $40,000 a
year. And you’re telling me our government paid $1 Billion for 1,000 Blackwater
operators?” Does anybody see something wrong in that, besides Jesse? Message
him at ora.tv/offthegrid/askjesse. Baghdad
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From: Truthdig.com (complete text of the letter):
The Last Letter
A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From a Dying Veteran
To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young
From: Tomas Young
I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in
. I write this letter on behalf
of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of
those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I
am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in Iraq 2004 in .
My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care. Sadr City
I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.
“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.”
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.
Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in
you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in , and you, Mr. Bush, went
AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were
established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation
but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a
senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage. Vietnam
I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in
Baghdad and the Middle
East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be
paid for by ’s
oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the Iraq over $3 trillion. I
especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war
is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in United States I was, I
now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest
strategic blunder in Iraq
history. It obliterated the balance of power in the U.S. Middle
East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in , one cemented in
power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Baghdad as the
dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and
was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war.
It is you who should pay the consequences. Iraq
I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in
against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded
there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and
imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my
injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I
would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life
ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings,
including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more
than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi
Arabia, and your insane visions of empire. Afghanistan
I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.
My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.