Monday, July 20, 2009
Afghanistan: A Dead Soldier's Letter to his Mum
As five more NATO soldiers die in Afghanistan, in what is already the bloodiest month. And we prepare to bury another of our own.
A young British soldier writes to his Mum to tell her why he died.
Hello its me, this is gonna be hard for you to read but I write this knowing every time you thinks shits got to much for you to handle (so don't cry on it MUM!!) you can read this and hopefully it will help you all get through.
For a start SHIT I got hit!! Now Iv got that out the way I can say the things Iv hopefully made clear, or if I havent this should clear it all up for me. My hole life you'v all been there for me through thick and thin bit like a wedding through good and bad. Without you I believe I wouldn't have made it as far as I have. I died doing what I was born to do I was happy and felt great about myself although the army was sadly the ending of me it was also the making of me so please don't feel any hate toward it.
If I could have a wish in life it would to be able to say Iv gone and done things many would never try to do. And going to Afghan has fulfilled my dream ie my goal. Yes I am young wich as a parent must brake you heart but you must all somehow find the strength that I found to do something no matter how big the challenge.
Mum, where do I start with you!! For a start your perfect, your smell, your hugs, the way your life was dedicated to us boys and especially the way you cared each and every step us boys took. I love you, you were the reason I made it as far as I did you were the reason I was loved more than any child I no and that made me feel special.
A medic once told me that most young soldiers die crying for their mothers.
Rifleman Cyrus Thatcher was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. His parents say they are proud of him, and they still support the mission.
But ten years from now I wonder what they'll think. They'll always be proud of him of course.
But will they believe then what so many in Britain...but not Canada...believe today?
He was just another humble squaddie who died for nothing.
In a war that couldn't be won...