Dying US veteran flays Bush, Cheney

2013-03-20 12:10

Cape Town – A dying US veteran and critic of the Iraq war has penned what he called his "last letter" to former president George W Bush and his former vice president Dick Cheney urging the pair "to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness" for the war.

The letter was first published on

Tomas Young, who joined the US army two days after the 11 September 2001 attacks when he was 22 years old, was paralysed after he was injured in an ambush in 2004 in Iraq. "My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care," he says in the letter.

In the scathing letter Young, bemoans the loss of life as a consequence of the "senseless" war citing deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians and the deaths of troops on the battlefield and through suicide.

"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," he says to the ex-leaders whom he also accused of cowardice.

Sacrificed for oil

"You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, 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."

Young goes on to say that the casualties of the war in Iraq were sacrificed "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".

The young veteran said he would not have written the letter had he been injured in Afghanistan fighting "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."

At least 116 000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4 800 coalition troops have died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers have estimated.

  • FrankAbercrombie - 2013-03-20 12:21

    powerful words.

  • Sattva Scrabbler - 2013-03-20 12:23

    George Bush Junior and Senior both have a lot to answer for.... step up - face up - apologize !

      Konrad Bosco - 2013-03-20 15:53

      What did Bush senior do wrong except not behead the Iraqi regime during the 1st war?

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-20 12:26

    News24 stop binning my posts!

  • Fidel Chavista - 2013-03-20 12:29

    Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and that other Brit are psychopaths (just like Sadaam), they have no conscience, or concerns for anyone, or anything, but themselves. They have presided over millions of deaths and would not hesitate to be in a position to do so again. A war of aggression is always a war crime no matter what convenient post facto rationalisation is proffered by the perpetrator and their supporters on cyberspace! War criminals, the lot of them!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 12:45

      Fidel, Sure, I also believe Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are war criminals, But than, your TOTAL DISHONESTY takes over, as this gaddafi monster and this assad dog, are your heroes, and could/can do no wrong!!! Even a psychopath , like this N Korean Kim, who threatens others with nuclear war heads, is your "hero'!!!! You have a terribly confused and devious mind !!!!!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 12:52

      News24 stop binning my posts!!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 15:06

      Kabelo, Don't fall for these silly leftists, who want to convince you, it is just the West , who don't want ANY further nation to be able to produce nuclear weapons!!! China and Russia feel exactly the same!!! The dream of these violent leftists lunatics, that it will only be the USA, who would be in danger of further nuclear nations, shows what a empty heads they got.

      Konrad Bosco - 2013-03-20 15:54

      Ramblings of a bigoted marxist

  • john.buang.39 - 2013-03-20 12:31

    The casualties of war ! Completely senseless ! And Bush was voted in for a second term !

      Richard - 2013-03-20 13:07

      Bush was voted in by a public that have never witnessed the horror of war and all the pain and suffering it brings to ALL involved.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 15:18

      Vox You made this up all by yourself, or did your seven year old daughter help you ???

      philip.gray.10048 - 2013-03-20 18:08

      VoxPopuli. I see you are a conspiracy theory supporter. You should stop believing fanciful baseless nonsense, and should rather read the facts and do some research on the subject. George W Bush DID NOT bring down three buildings with two planes. It was Al-Qaeda that did it. Osama Bin-Laden admitted that he had ordered it, and that Al-Qaeda had done it.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 20:11

      Vox, WHAT are you talking about; " bringing down the entire US defense..." ???? These planes were hijacked during flight!!! By the way, I had lunch with your hero , muammar gaddafi this afternoon, he sends his love!!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-21 01:10

      Vox, You miss the essence of 9/11! These were commercial aircraft hijacked during the flight and minutes later hit the towers. To prevent this from occurring again, you see to it, that hijackers don't get aboard a plane, in the first place!! But do not despair! Google 9/11, and you get 375 million pages, I am sure you will find something , that you might find 'interesting' !!!

      philip.gray.10048 - 2013-03-22 16:53

      VoxPopuli NORAD was created to detect ICBMs launched by Russia and China; to detect the approach of enemy bombers and fighters. NOT to detect and follow commercial aircraft. Osa Bin-Laden DID not bring down the entire US defence network. The terrorists and their support teams who flew the aircraft into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon had been planning the attack for years. They attended flying schools in the US to learn how to fly aircraft. In the light of this as I said previously you need to get your facts straight and not make unfounded comments. You should read the US report on their investigation into the 9/11 attacks.

  • Clive Toerien - 2013-03-20 13:04

    no one forced you to join the Army you made your bed now sleep in it.

      Gary Landman - 2013-03-20 15:35

      Precisely.. real soldiers know the risk, take it, and then deal with the result!

  • Leon Scheepers - 2013-03-20 13:53

    It's oil that oils the wheels of money...If there was no oil in the middle East the yanks would't be there either!

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 14:59

      Leon, Sure, and now that the USA , in the next few years , is becoming the largest oil producer in the world, it has less and less interest in the ME. But one does not have to feel lonely out there, the Chinese will take over from the Americans!!!!!!!!!!

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-03-20 15:11

      Yet to see one shred of evidence of the US 'profiting' off oil from the war . The oil they produce gets sold on the international markets which funds the Iraqi government which is very much needed and yes it was important to not let the oil fund the Hussein family . So it was a strategic factor but when the oil price jumps 5 fold as a result of this action its quite hard to say the largest consumer of oil benefits from this . It also doesn't explain why they are in Afgan , Korea , Kosovo ect.

      Gary Landman - 2013-03-20 15:38

      Leon, you are uninformed. The USA has not taken one single gallon of oil to enrich itself from Iraq, although they should have, to defray costs as is the normal war retribution practise. USA sits on more oil and gas than the entire rest of the world... in fact the oil and gas field under south Texas land mass is bigger than all the rest of the world combined..

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-03-20 15:55

      Kabelo- Check your facts .,8599,1948787,00.html

      AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-03-20 16:51 They talking about shale and methane hydrate deposits , not just proven crude oil deposits.

      Anthony Varekamp - 2013-03-20 18:03

      Kabelo, Before you call someone a 'moron, have the decency, to first get your facts right. An American company drilling for oil, has no relevance to who the oil belongs to , or who the end user is. It is American drilling expertise that is being paid for !! Like in Libya, American companies have been bringing the black stuff up, for years, but not one drop EVER ended up in the USA. For that reason , the assumption , that the minor role the USA played, in getting rid of that gaddafi fruitcake, was for oil, is just a dumb story concocted by the lunatics of the violent left !! It is widely accepted, that in a few years the USA, will not only be the largest oi; producer in the world, but after that, will become an oil EXPORTER!!! But it is not only in the USA , that this black stuff is p.ssing out of the ground, it is just about anywhere in the world, and for that reason , oil has lost its strategic value !!!

  • Mashudu Matamela - 2013-03-20 14:12

    You are now telling us the reason of that war because you are dying. You must accept the situation you are in now because you allowed them to use you.

      Waseem Carrim - 2013-03-21 00:20

      Easy for you to say. Some people are faced with the military as a last resort.

  • yakoobm - 2013-04-25 22:34

    Like all other war criminals..Hitler,Charles Taylor, Netanyahu etc the Bushe dou should be brought before the International Criminal Court and given a fair trial.

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