Shall I speak ill of the dead?
Can I tell the story of Jared Hubbard
and his childhood friend Jeremiah Baro
without offending the families or
some other patriots?
I read their story and saw Jared's photos
on the internet. So it must not be true.
But it was in the corporate media, from
Tom Verdin of the Associated Press
via MSNBC.com, so it must be true.
I don't know. Is that the point?
This new post-election myth says
they played together as children,
wrestled together on the Buchanan High team
and joined the Marines together after 9/11.
Jared family was proud but apprehensive
about his decision to join up.
His wrestling coach loved him.
"He wasn't doing it because he was the best kid.
He was doing it because he liked it."
They conquered boot camp togehter but
were sent to different parts of Iraq.
They met again in sniper school,
training together as snipers and scouts
then went back for a second tour.
they told a friend they "had a harder
time determining who their enemies were.
Things over there were worse this time.
They had been in some pretty bad gunfights."
They were in Anbar Province near Fallujah
They died together, too.
The army didn't say how.
Jared's father said
"There's just so much to say.
I don't know where to start."
Jeremiah's parents said they died
"protecting the country that they loved."
Now all I want to do is speak ill
of the living. I want to ask
"How was Iraq threatening their country?
Do you watch Fox News and know better than I?
Did you vote to reselect Bush?
Why did I, or they, need to learn how
to spell Fallujah, without looking it up?
How many more sons and daughters have to die
before we declare we won and leave?
Will it be after all the oil is gone?
How many Iraqi women and children
will have to die? All of them?
What rights would you sacrifice
to bring your children back?
What rights would you take from me,
to shut me up? All of them?"
I am tired of all the drama,
all the hypocrisy, all the lies,
all the inside deals with Halliburton,
Diebold, Enron, Thomas, Scalia, etc.
I won't sleep well tonight, I fear tomorrow.
As you said, "The loss we feel is unbearable."