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NYTimes Op-Ed Soldier/Authors Die in Baghdad
Critical of War, Mother Wants Investigation
By ROBERT Y. PELTON 09/12/2007 6:33 PM ET
Sgt. Yance T. Gray, 26, of Ismay, Montana and gt. Omar Mora, 28 of Texas City, Texas were killed on Monday when their military truck drove off an elevated flyway in western Baghdad killing. The 30 foot fall also killed six other soldiers and two detainess. Eleven more soldiers were wounded along with another Iraqi detainee.

The mother of Omar Mora, Mrs Olga Capetillo has demanded an investigation into her son's death but there is nothing to indicate anything other than yet another unfortunate event of war.

The two recently helped pen an August 19th op-ed in the New York Times that was critical of the Pentagon's view of the war effort. The op-ed was entitled "The War as We Saw It" and delivers a soldiers view of the war from the ground. It was the work of seven members of the 82nd Airborne who were at the end of a 15-month deployment.

Their words were blunt and refreshing, taking the position that they wanted to present a different view than much of the news reports they were reading and flying directly in the face of the Commander In Chief's rosy predictions. "To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched." They give their view of what is counterproductive and the gritty conditions they operate in

"In short, we operate in a bewildering context of determined enemies and questionable allies, one where the balance of forces on the ground remains entirely unclear."

Despite their pragmatic and perhaps cynical view of Iraq Buddhika Jayamaha, Army specialist. Army sargeants Wesley D. Smith, Roebuck, Omar Mora, Edward Sandmeier is a sergeant and Staff Sargents Yance T. Gray and Jeremy A. Murphy signed off with with the commitment that we expect from professional soldiers

"We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through."

A must re-read.



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