OUR WOUNDED IRAQ VETERANS - Page 1
The purpose of this story is to show the American citizens exactly what
is happening in our "War" in Iraq. I find that few people know
of the horrible life some of our veterans are having to live. It really
hurts me that I find most people either don't know or, God forbid, don't
care since it doesn't involve them.
I was watching TV last week and saw an Iraq veteran being interviewed. An off road explosion (IED) had destroyed most of his body, leaving his head and face almost unrecognizable. He had a cap pulled very low over his face in an attempt to cover the destruction, but you could still see the complete disfiguration this young man had suffered. His face was almost beyond recognition. Both ears were completely burned off, as was his nose. It appeared he had lost his right eye. He had lost his left arm. How could anyone live through this? There is another problem here which is most difficult to understand. Our government said he only had a 10% disability. This man was so far only one of over 28,500 wounded in Iraq. The more I thought about it the more it bothered me. My only thought was "why?" I found it unbelievable to think that people were unsympathetic. I cannot believe that nobody cares. We allow this carnage to continue, and I don't hear voices of complaint.
Americans never objected to our wounded and killed in Korea. 36,913 killed and over 103,000 wounded in a war that nobody cared about. They just forgot about it. Why we ever entered in that conflict can never be explained. It was a war like Vietnam that nobody ever heard of or cared about. Our military brass never considered that Korea bordered with China and Russia, just across the Yalu river. Well, that was the forgotten war, except for the ones that were in it.
On May 1, 2003, President Bush landed on the Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as the carrier returned from combat operations in the Persian Gulf. He posed for photographs with pilots and members of the ships crew while wearing a flight suit. He gave a speech announcing the end of combat operations in the Iraq war. Clearly visible in the background was a banner stating “Mission Accomplished.” This banner has been a focal point of controversy and criticism. The general impression created by the image of the President under the banner has been criticized as somewhat premature, as most people who saw the banner drew the obvious conclusion that the banner declared the US mission in Iraq had been completed. Bush also said the most controversial statement yet. He said that “In the battle of Iraq, the US and our Allies have prevailed.”