I left work two hours early today, at 3:00 and normally don’t get to hear the BBC news on NPR.
So, when I started my car, preparing to drive home, the BBC news was reporting on a story that I would never believe was true, but it is.
Because I hadn’t heard the beginning of the story, I missed the worst part – that these atrocities occurred not way back in a war of the past, like during the Vietnam years. I was sure that was probably the case – I thought our nation was better able to handle the logistics of war and the caring for the dead.
I was wrong. I just read tonight that in 2004 until 2008 the United States Air-force had been systematically been dumping the remains of soldiers in a landfill.
Are you ready to cry or vomit like me? I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard this news and you’re learning it here for the first time. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? This is the United States of America! We are better than that, right?
In 2003 that mad scientist that drunken horrible president, and sick, sick, sick, liar sent American men and women into a war that was not a war, it was a one-sided attack on people who never, never, never attacked us! After all, this country set Saddam Hussein up – gave him all the support in the world. Why? Can you spell O. I. L? Oil and money. Money and Oil. Guns and gun making. That’s what it was about. The fat cat non-military consultants were making millions – millions. Our soldiers, giving their lives and their limbs, their sanity and their minds, were dying every day only to be thrown away like trash.
Remember how the nation felt when the adorable little Caylee Anthony was thrown into a swampy grave in the woods? This is the same situation times hundreds of dead American soldiers.
It makes me want to throw something when I think about this.
People mean nothing?
George W. Bush – the worst criminal the American Presidency has ever known – should, along with the criminal VP Dick Sick Cheney, be tried for war crimes against the United States of America.
History will look back at what these two maniacs did to this country and, with any luck, future generations will learn from it. Well, we can hope that happens before the right-wing evangelical, racist extremists completely destroy this country.
From a mother’s perspective:
Gari-Lynn Smith, the widow of an Army bomb-disposal expert killed in Iraq, began asking the military in 2007 what happened to some of his remains that were identified after his funeral the previous year.
After four years of letters and phone calls she received a letter from the mortuary in April informing her that her husband’s partial remains had been disposed of in the King George County landfill, reports the Post.
“I hope this information brings some comfort to you during your time of loss,” read the letter.
Ms Smith told the Post that what the mortuary had done was “disgusting”.
Since the landfill dumping ended three years ago, such cremated partial remains are now buried at sea.
After the Post reported the practice in early November, federal investigators released a report lambasting “gross mismanagement” at the air base mortuary.
It emerged that a dead soldier’s ankle had been lost and a damaged arm bone was sawed off a dead Marine before burial so he could fit in his uniform and coffin.
The commander at the morgue, a colonel and two civilian officials were disciplined. READ the full BBC story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16081240
Here is the story from the Washington Post, the paper who broke this story: Air Force dumped ashes of more troops’ remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged
I am so tired tonight I am seeing double. I will give this a more in-depth exploration tomorrow.