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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 05:37 AM
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"The Grief of Baghdad"- the 16,000 wounded American soldiers
Edited on Tue Oct-05-04 05:47 AM by G_j
http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/20080 /

The Grief of Baghdad

By Evan Derkacz, AlterNet. Posted October 5, 2004.


The painful stories and pictures of some of the 16,000 American soldiers like Cpl. Tyson Johnson wounded in Iraq might move Americans to action. Maybe that's why we don't see them in the mainstream media. After having seen a couple of his buddies turn up dead in a ditch during high school, Tyson Johnson decided to leave his Prichard, Alabama home and make something of himself "because I knew where my life was headed."

So he joined the National Guard first, and then, for a bonus of $2999, he joined the army.

Now 22, he's back in Prichard, his life in ruins.



Johnson's story is just one of many from Nina Berman's powerful new book, "Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq'' (Trolley Ltd.)http://www.purpleheartsbook.com / It contains short testimonials and a photo essay illuminating one of the dark corners of the war in Iraq: the stories and pictures of the permanently wounded men and women home from the war. If the pumped-up "Army of One" recruiting campaign is the "before" photo, "Purple Hearts" is the "after."

Cpl. Johnson's photo in the book is subtly disturbing; it creeps up on you. On a sunny Southern day, he leans gently against a chain-link fence, eyes downcast. Baggy basketball shorts sit low, Hanes underwear defiantly above the waistline. His trim torso is a collection of scars, the largest of which snakes from the bottom of the breastbone, diving into his navel, disappearing finally into that exposed Hanes waistband. Others emerge from his back; there's a patch covering something over his heart; what appears to be the work of sprayed shrapnel across his left side.

Despite the message written on his body, it's his words that will haunt you: "Well, uh, shrapnel down the back, shrapnel that came in and hit my head, punctured my lungs. I broke both of my arms. I lost a kidney. My intestines was messed up. They took an artery out of my left leg and put it into this right arm. They pretty much took my life. Pretty much."

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fishface Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 05:50 AM
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1. "Ahm cutting the VA's budget next year if re-elected"
"That lazy bastard should get a job"

signed. GW Moron Bush
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monarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 05:50 AM
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2. Edwards should ask Cheney:
"How do you sleep at night?"
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:03 AM
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4. No kidding. He should call him what he is:
A War Criminal! War profiteering is treason.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:00 AM
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3. Bringumon...
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:11 AM
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5. And he's 22
He could easily live another 50 years. What's it going to take for the U.S. to make it up to Mr. Johnson?
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 01:32 PM
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7. to think in that in the year 2054
Edited on Tue Oct-05-04 01:33 PM by G_j
that the terrible effects of Bush's war-horny actions will be haunting us still, not to mention the Iraqi people.


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smallprint Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 11:19 AM
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6. Wow, very powerful and moving
:kick:
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young_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 01:40 PM
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8. "The soldiers are doing this for you"
That is what I keep reading in the LTTE section of our newspaper. "They are fighting there for your freedom so you don't have to fight here". I wonder just how many gullible people believe this craziness. I guess they say, "If the president says it, it must be true", and never do any analysis..........SAD!!
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 04:25 PM
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9. kick
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-06-04 05:50 AM
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10. morning reality kick
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