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I previously identified in a topic about the way propaganda plays into our minds and assists us in acceptance, buy-in and volunteer for all the gusto of an invasion of another country. Fridany, March 22 in the evening is a showing of Hubris: Selling the Iraq War. I believe this to be not a surprise, but a continuation of what many of us have been writing in this blog. An advertisement of the showing displays Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld all walking together as a group toward a camera. This group was very instrumental in persuading America to send 4500+ U.S. armed forces to their death and 100,000+ Iraq citizens to their death. Media is just now getting administration representatives in our government to talk. They are revealing trouble in the Presidents (Bush) Office. We have to move on. We have to give our men and women who served honorably in this war our gratitude and our help. But woe to those who sent them to war.
Today in the Kansas City Star newspaper, front page, is a story about a severely wounded Iraq War veteran that currently chooses to die and end his struggle. He's tired of fighting for life and a beaucracy. He has been in a constant stuggle for 9 years after a sniper's bullet tore through his spine after 1 week in the Iraq War. He had planned to go to a war in Afghanistan, where he felt was the real war, but instead an Army Chaplin convinced him about IRAQ and he was sent to IRAQ. Since his injury, he has been fighting the Department of Veteran Affairs. He has become an activist to seek attention to the price America has paid for the Iraq War, a war we should not have fought. He is givng up on life as saying, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.", and is having hospice deny him nourishment, water and medication. He is now dying. To his final work, he has sent an open letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on behalf of the "human detritus", that was left behind in pain and grief. This young man was interviewed on 60 minutes and a subject on the commentary "Body of War". This young man presently lives in Kansas City and I expect to hear of his eventual death soon.
If his story is printed in other newspapers, there may soon be more news after his death. I say a pray for him and his family and although it was war he didn't want, I say Thank you for your service to our country and may God grant you peace and joy, you have earned it. This young man above all life's struggles has endured what all of us would not even dream of having to do.
The Bush Adminstration sold America death for capturing a crazy dictator, missing WMD's, promises of oil and massive investment opportunities for the wealthy.