Posted by Bob Lord
Those who follow my posts know the high regard I have for Chris Hedges. His post today, The Crucifixion of Thomas Young, is incredible, even for Hedges. I'm often moved by what I read, but rarely to tears, as I was by this one. There's no way to summarize it and do it any justice, but here's a sample, where he comments on the impending death of an Iraq War veteran whose body is so ravaged that he's made the decision to allow himself to die:
Young will die for our sins. He will die for a war that should never have been fought. He will die for the lies of politicians. He will die for war profiteers. He will die for the careers of generals. He will die for a cheerleader press. He will die for a complacent public that made war possible. He bore all this upon his body. He was crucified. And there are hundreds of thousands of other crucified bodies like his in Baghdad and Kandahar and Peshawar and Walter Reed medical center. Mangled bodies and corpses, broken dreams, unending grief, betrayal, corporate profit, these are the true products of war. Tomas Young is the face of war they do not want you to see.
Please take the time to read the entire piece.