Mail carried on the US comrades email list, July 17th 2003
Subject: Letter From A Young Soldier In Iraq-(From Veterans for Peace Board)
Letter from a young American soldier
Date: Fri, Jul 11, 2003, 9:38 AM
...from the Nashville Tennesseean newspaper -- the bottom of the page at
[Editors comment: This link takes you thru to a piece from another paper attacking the position of Bush and Co and the tax cuts for the rich as opposed to the soldiers.]
From a soldier's father:
"My son is in the U.S. Army and currently stationed in Baghdad. I hear from him every three or four days. He is like most of the young men and women who went to fight over there inasmuch as he was proud to go and achieve what President Bush said was necessary. I have seen his attitude take a U-turn during the last month. At first he was saying: "I wonder why we are not doing this or that to help make life better for our soldiers?" Then he started to wonder why we were not doing more to help the Iraqi people who are suffering under terrible conditions. Not enough water or food, no electricity most of the time, a terrible shortage of medical supplies and medical staff, basically they are living like animals. Then he started to worry about the safety of our troops in the area. He says they are sitting ducks and easy targets for Iraqi people bent upon gaining revenge for slain family members and by those who hold the U.S. responsible for the terrible conditions they find themselves in.
Yesterday he had a different message altogether.
"Get us out of here now! There is nothing we can do to pacify the Iraqi people except get out of their country and allow them to restore order in whatever way THEY wish."
And, allow me to give you his remarks when he was informed of President Bush's brash remarks saying "Bring them on." He said:
"Myself and every last man in my unit are deeply offended that our President would make such a statement inviting us to be attacked. President Bush has lost the respect of every soldier I have spoken to because of his speaking those irresponsible words. Those words spread like wildfire among the troops. We are here because he ordered us to be here and now for him to make such a ridiculous statement inviting violence towards us causes us to lose respect for him and his judgement. We are learning that we never should have come here in the first place. Believe me Dad, there is a completely different attitude now. The fact that the President gave rich people a tax cut and didn't do anything for military families is hurtful. Where there was once pride and satisfaction in defeating an enemy there is now regret and shame.
God Bless America.
Your loving Son, Donny
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