Monday, August 22, 2005

Open Letter to Cindy Sheehan

Dear Mrs. Cindy Sheehan:
First of all, may I express my deep sorrow and condolences for the loss of your son. I hope that we will be able to read more what he was like. May he rest in peace.

I was in Iraq, starting with the first day of the invasion, back in March of 2003. I was a Specialist in the Combat Engineers. I drove my lieutenant in our non-armoured Humvee, along with our Assault and Operations platoon, following our line platoons which were in company with the infantry which had rushed in the openings which we blasted for them in the berm.

I would like to communicate to you some of my mixed feelings and my thoughts on this war and what peace we must be able to win.

From the very beginning, I felt the war was a mistake to begin. I had a conviction that Mr. Bush did not know or did not admit to us the extent of what we were getting into. However, you know that we soldiers and the rest of the military are not supposed to be getting into politics, not questioning our Commander in Chief. Perhaps this is part of the intrinsic evil of any organization which depends on violence to solve problems.

Mr. Bush was wrong not to have met with you again outside the ranch in Crawford. That he has not done this, in my eyes, is another sign that he has advanced in a spiralling downward path of disaster. I regret that he has treated you and other family members who have lost service people in this war.

However, now that we are engaged in this terrible, horrible war, to announce a pullout would allow the enemy to plan around what we are doing. I hope you realize this.

I'm sorry that we had to meet this way, but it is an honour to meet you. I think you are a hero, and I thank you for what you are doing. God bless you and your son, and those people who are brave enough to stand up and speak out, in peace and with clarity, for the truth.

Sincerely,
jean-pierre tarik abu gareth
http://cafegroundzero.blogspot.com/

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