Tuesday, February 20, 2007

guthrie boy walks away from madness

Guthrie, Oklahoma is just a short scoot down I-44 over to the red dirt buffalo wallow side of my state. Here in lush Green Country, we've got more in common with Georgia than we do with the wrong side of Oklahoma.

But here comes young Joshua Key, a Guthrie boy who joined the Army to try to lift his family out of poverty. His experiences in Iraq are freshly detailed in a book called The Deserter's Tale, published as Key is actively seeking refuge in Canada. "I ... tried not to think about which was worse: beating up and killing the civilians of Iraq or refusing to do it any more and becoming a criminal."

The terrible story of his duty in Iraq and his growing certainty that he could not morally participate in the war are detailed at Daily Kos. The book's available at even our Red State library as well as bookstores everywhere.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll look it up on Kos.

And how interesting that he signed up for financial reasons. If you're a Kos fan you've read enough diaries to understand the enormity of the neocon plan, which includes the creation of a warrior state that leaves no economic opportuniry for poor young men except the military. Only recently did I finally connect this to the joke, "No Child Left Alive."

--Freddy in P'town

February 21, 2007 3:12 AM  
Blogger evilganome said...

Now if the rest of the country can just pluck up the courage to say, "Okay, we need to leave." I had been for us staying and trying to put things right after we barged in and broke the place. After reading "The March of Folly" and the section on Viet Nam. Not so much. We need to let the people of Iraq figure it out and be part of a UN task force that will be available to help at the request of the people of Iraq, under the aegis of the Iraq government. Not the beck and call of American big business and Bush cronies.

February 21, 2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Thanks for that link...what isn't this guy on every news outlet in the U.S.?? This story sounds very compelling...

February 21, 2007 7:15 PM  

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