Monday, November 28, 2005

Suicide in Iraq

There is a must-read by T. Christian Miller in The Los Angeles Times about an Army colonel and military ethicist, Ted Westhusing, who committed suicide in Iraq after witnessing widespread corruption among private contractors:

"Investigators found it (Westhusing's suicide note) lying on Westhusing's bed. The handwriting matched his.


"Most of the letter is a wrenching account of a struggle for honor in a strange land.

"'I cannot support a msn [mission] that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars. I am sullied,' it says. 'I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored.

"'Death before being dishonored any more.'"

Read the entire article here.


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