October 31, 2004

Risks of military service

Regarding the mother in Scotland who is suing the British Ministry of Defence over her soldier son's death in Iraq (Aug. 25): I was in a helicopter crash in Viet Nam. Equipment failure, not related to the enemy. Left me with a broken back and assorted other things. Silly me, I just assumed that everybody thought that going off to war was a risky thing to do. -- S.W. Bondurant, Grenada, Miss.

Posted by Walter Olson at October 31, 2004 10:52 PM

it seems that Mr. Bondurant of Mississippi has been afflicted not only physically but emotionally as well. imagine the horror that his life has become at the hands of the inadequately funded and led u.s. military. his need to seek to find a "happy place" to try to cope with such devastation is understandable. who will speak for mr. bondurant? who will have the courage to lead the fight to square the realities of what happened with his emotional need to settle up and move on. How many more fathers,mothers,and children will be destroyed before the hideous war machine is exposed for what it is. every self respecting lawyer in the land should be filing wrongful death and damage lawsuits against the federal govt. to bring these events to an end. this writers son did a tour of duty in iraq. the truth of the human horrors there will never be brought to light unless the legal community brings their flashlights and balls into the fray.

Posted by: erd berful at November 2, 2004 09:50 AM