Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:57 am by HL
â€œI needed health care, money to go to college, and I needed to take care of my daughter. The military was the only way I could do it,â€ he tells me. As we chat, basking in the sun on a peaceful Toronto street, he fiddles with his pocket watch, which has a Canadian flag on its face. Heâ€™s wearing a peace-symbol necklace.
After fighting for seven months in Iraq, he came home bloodied from combat, with a Purple Heart that proved his sacrifice â€“ and seriously opened his eyes. â€œWhen I joined, I wanted to fight,â€ he says. â€œI wanted to see combat. I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to save people. I wanted to protect my country.â€ But soon after he arrived in Iraq, he tells me, he realised that the Iraqis did not want him there, and he heard harsh tales that surprised and distressed him.
â€œSoldiers were describing to me how they had beaten prisoners to death,â€ he says. â€œThere were three guys and one said, â€˜I kicked him from this side of the head while the other guy kicked him in the head and the other guy punched him, and he just died.â€™ People I knew. They were boasting about it, about how they had beaten people to death.â€ He says it again: â€œBoasting about how they had beaten people to death. They are trained killers now. Their friends had died in Iraq. So they werenâ€™t the people they were before they went there.â€
The Republican Plan: Take away the good jobs and health care so that people are so poor they have to join the Army. Then when they get home broken, and shellshocked, take away their GI benefits and tell them to go to hell. And why not, the majority of war veterans are anti-war once they have been over there and figured out what is really going on.