This video is about Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran from Missouri whose spine was severed by a sniper’s bullet in 2001 which left him paralyzed. Young, an outspoken critique of the Iraq War upon his return to America, has spent the last few years suffering through a myriad of serious debilitating health issues. He can’t swallow food, can barely move or speak, spends almost 100% of his time in bed and had his colon removed which makes a colostomy bag necessary.
Young has now lost the will to live and since he can’t swallow pills or hold a gun, and refuses to saddle anyone else with the task of killing him, is deciding on a date to start starving himself to death. Although his wife and mother both support him, his decision has been met with vitriol from some, like a commenter on a Los Angelas Times story who callously wrote, “Sorry if I don’t cry for this loser. ‘Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.’ – John Wayne” What a peach, huh?
Tomas Young was in the news recently after writing a scathing letter to George Bush and Dick Cheney, neither of which seem particularly bothered by the carnage and untold grief their decisions caused. From Young’s letter, published on the website Truthdig:
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. 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.
Watch the heartbreaking and infuriating video, courtesy of CNN: