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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Tomas Young, Dying Iraq War Veteran, Pens 'Last Letter' To Bush, Cheney On War's 10th Anniversary



Days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tomas Young, then a 22-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., made a decision repeated by many other Americans around the country: He was going to enlist in the military in hopes of getting even with the enemies who had helped coordinate the deaths of nearly 3,000 men, women and children.

Less than three years later, Young's Army service placed him not in Afghanistan -- where then-President George W. Bush had told the nation the terrorist plot had originated -- but in Iraq. On April 4, 2004, just five days into his first tour, Young's convoy was attacked by insurgents. A bullet from an AK-47 severed his spine. Another struck his knee. Young would never walk again, and in fact, for the next nearly nine years, he would suffer a number of medical setbacks that allowed him to survive only with the help of extensive medical procedures and the care of his wife, Claudia.
The incident turned Young into one of the most vocal veteran critics of the Iraq War. He has, however, saved his most powerful criticism for what he claims will be his last. Young says he'll die soon, but not before writing a letter to Bush and former Vice President Cheney on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.
From Young's letter, published on 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.
Young goes on to attack the "cowardice" of Bush and Cheney for avoiding military service themselves, and to encourage them to "stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness."
Young was the subject of the 2007 documentary "Body of War," which was about his recovery process and the Iraq War. At a February screening of the film, Young told the audience that he planned to end his life in April.
According to the Ridgefield Press, Young announced that he would stop taking all nourishment and life-extending medications at that time. He's since said that the deterioration to his body from the injury and ensuing complications would make it physically impossible for him to commit suicide in any other way.
"It's time," he told the audience over Skype, while seated beside his wife. "When I go I want be alert and aware."
Young spoke more about his decision in a recent interview with journalist and Iraq War critic Chris Hedges.
“I made the decision to go on hospice care, to stop feeding and fade away," he said. "This way, instead of committing the conventional suicide and I am out of the picture, people have a way to stop by or call and say their goodbyes. I felt this was a fairer way to treat people than to just go out with a note."
For the rest of Hedges' interview with Young, click here. For the rest of The Huffington Post's coverage on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, click here.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Differing Statistics Make A Difference: Clark County still short of 2 million residents


The U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that the county’s population topped 2 million. But state Demographer Jeff Hardcastle, in his latest official population report, found Clark County’s population as of July 1 was 1,988,195.
You think that what the state says doesn’t matter because the Census Bureau represents the federal government and therefore is more important?
Well, remember this: Hardcastle makes the official state population estimates and his numbers are used in the distribution of state taxes to local governments. That means the money goes with his estimates.
Nevada’s total population was 2,750,217 in July, according to the demographer.
Every 10 years Hardcastle must adjust his estimates to fit the census, but in the other years his numbers are gospel.
Hardcastle said Wednesday he thinks his 2012 estimate is closer to the real number because the Census Bureau calculates that 11,827 people moved to Nevada from other states in 2012 and another 7,541 from foreign countries, including undocumented people.
“I don’t see the job growth to support that kind of international increase, let alone the domestic increase,” he said.
The demographer’s latest estimates also show Reno has passed North Las Vegas in population and returned to its position as the third largest city in Nevada. Hardcastle figures that the two cities in coming years will be bouncing back and forth between the third spot.
Here is Nevada’s top 10 city list:
—Las Vegas, 589,156
—Henderson, 266,846