March 7, 2007

A True Oklahoma Warrior (Not Yeagley)

from the Bad Eagle Journal

Do you regard David Yeagley as an Oklahoma warrior? Not if you’re smart, of course. Yeagley never served, and never would serve. The poster child Chicken Hawk has appropriated an “Indian name” as his web page moniker and pumped out immaturely constructed “reports” like third grade essays. Yeagley does not check his facts, and does not reason beyond the most shallow of legalistic lines of thinking (i.e., he cannot see past the end of his own nose, etc.). As I have consistently suggested, forget Yeagley.

A true Oklahoma Warrior is Joshua Key, who actually enlisted (unlike Yeagley), went to Iraq (unlike Yeagley), and has realized the truth (unlike Yeagley). Yes, Yeagley is an Oklahoman, unfortunately for Oklahoma, but that is where this comparison ends. Key is a true warrior, brave enough to stand on sound principles, defend the constitution and country, and behave as a decent human being. Read on:

“Joshua Key, 28, was a poor, uneducated Oklahoma country boy who saw the U.S. army and its promised benefits -- from free health care to career training -- as the ticket to a better life. In 2002, not yet 24 but already married and the father of two, Key enlisted... a year later he was in Iraq:

Something was amiss... We never found weapons or indications of terrorism. I never found a thing that seemed to justify the terror we inflicted every time we blasted through the door of a civilian home, broke everything in sight, punched and zipcuffed the men, and sent them away... Then something happened that haunts my dreams to this day.

All the women were led back inside the house and our entire platoon was ordered to stand guard outside it. Four U.S. military men entered the house with the women. They closed the doors... our platoon was made to stand guard outside that house for about an hour. The women started shouting and screaming. The men stayed in there with them, behind closed doors. It went on and on and on...

It struck me then that we, the American soldiers, were the terrorists. We were terrorizing Iraqis. Intimidating them. Beating them. Destroying their homes. Probably raping them. The ones we didn't kill had all the reasons in the world to become terrorists themselves. Given what we were doing to them, who could blame them for wanting to kill us, and all Americans? A sick realization lodged like a cancer in my gut. It grew and festered, and troubled me more with every passing day. We, the Americans, had become the terrorists in Iraq” [
Joshua Key].

Read the rest of the report here.

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