Friday, June 20, 2003

I Just Pulled The Trigger

"...'The men have been traumatised by their experiences. Cpl Richardson-said: 'At night time you think about all the people you killed. It just never gets off your head, none of this stuff does. There's no chance to forget it, we're still here, we've been here so long. Most people leave after combat but we haven't.'

Sgt Meadows said men under his command had been seeking help for severe depression: 'They've already seen psychiatrists and the chain of command has got letters back saying 'these men need to be taken out of this situation'. But nothing's happened.' Cpl Richardson added: 'Some soldiers don't even f****** sleep at night. They sit up all f****** night long doing s*** to keep themselves busy - to keep their minds off this f****** stuff. It's the only way they can handle it. It's not so far from being crazy but it's their way of coping. There's one guy trying to build a little pool out the back, pointless stuff but it keeps him busy.'

Sgt Meadows said: 'For me, it's like snap-shot photos. Like pictures of maggots on tongues, babies with their heads on the ground, men with their heads halfway off and their eyes wide open and mouths wide open. I see it every day, every single day. The smells and the torsos burning, the entire route up to Baghdad, from 20 March to 7 April, nothing but burned bodies.' "

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Even though no Iraqis were involved, and there is no proof Saddam was behind it, the attack on the World Trade Center provides Cpl Richardson and many others with the justification for invading Iraq. "There's a picture of the World Trade Center hanging up by my bed and I keep one in my Kevlar [flak jacket]. Every time I feel sorry for these people I look at that. I think, 'They hit us at home and, now, it's our turn.' I don't want to say payback but, you know, it's pretty much payback."

Meanwhile AWOL Bush struts around in his little military outfit on the deck of the Abraham Lincoln, crowing about victory. It doesn't get much more fucking sick than this. And, best of all, its being done in our name.

What happens when our soldiers come to grips with the lies behind this hellish obscenity? Will they forgive themselves? Will they forgive us? Should they? Something to think about while filling up the SUV with super premium.


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