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A young man who loses his core being, his soul, has lost far more than a body part. No body part is worth the sacredness of the soul. Shattered souls remain part of national consciousness for generations, and shape destiny.
Nothing is served by the imprisonment of Cpl. Pennington, except a false show of justice. If Pennington deserves eight years in prison, the evil men who marketed this criminal war deserve a punishment far worse. The ignobility of war leaders transcends into the turgid bowels of their wars.
Pennington could have had a bright future, were it not for the Bush war, and were it not for the military, which instilled into him the glory of war and the esprit de corps to seek revenge for the killing of his buddies. War is not like hell -- war is hell. Pennington has been there. Our nation's leaders have not, though some may deserve its delights. Why do we suffer fools who know so little about war to become our war strategists?
If our leaders had any grain of honor they would resign. If our nation had any modicum of courage, it would remove them. The least we can do is fund rehabilitation of our wounded troops.