Sunday, September 16, 2007

It's Not Just Me

Last week I wrote about the troubling deaths of two of the authors of the scathing critique of Baby Doc's war, War as We Knew It.

In that blog post, I raised the "just asking" spectre that these deaths were not coincidental. Turns out I'm not the only one asking that question.

The mother of SGT Omar Mora, one of the authors who died in a vehicle accident, is also asking the same question.

So when are we going to get some answers. Never mind that the first answers will be standard military bullshit. When I was in Vietnam, one of my jobs was to compose condolence letters from our company commander to the families of our men who died, whether it was due to "hostile causes", or from "non-hostile causes", such as suicide, vehicle accidents, or being caught in the crossfire during an abortive MP raid on a Saigon whorehouse suspected of harboring Viet Cong infiltrators.

And I can tell you from my personal experience that those letters were maybe 20% truthful and 80% bullshit. But we justified it by saying that the families needed "closure" and needed to hear that their sons, husbands, etc., were "heroes".

So how about a congressional investigation into the "accident" that claimed the lives of Mora and SSG Yance Gray? The whole "letter to mom" thing doesn't seem to be cutting it any more, and Mrs. Mora needs the truth. Let's give it to her.