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    The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

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    The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

    Post by missingyoumadly on Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:00 am

    Noah Pierce’s headstone gives his date of death as July 26, 2007, though his family feels certain he died the night before, when, at age twenty-three, he took a handgun and shot himself in the head. No one is sure what pushed him to it. He said in his suicide note it was impotence—a common side effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It was “the snowflake that toppled the iceberg,” he wrote. But it could have been the memory of the Iraqi child he crushed under his Bradley. “It must have been a dog,” he told his commanders. It could have been the unarmed man he shot point-blank in the forehead during a house-to-house raid, or the friend he tried madly to gather into a plastic bag after he had been blown to bits by a roadside bomb, or—as the fragments of Noah’s poetry might lead you to believe—it could have been the doctor he killed at a checkpoint.

    I highly recommend reading this article. It hurts to read, but it is refreshing to see someone writing about the reality of war, of how these people are used by our own government in order to turn a tide too big to be imagine.

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    Re: The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

    Post by Extant on Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:00 pm

    F**king sad story. I'm glad I never had to go to any war. It's terrible what it does to people all round, notwithstanding the killing and carnage of war itself.
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    Re: The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce

    Post by splinters on Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:02 pm

    may he rest in peace along with the other unfortunate souls who have followed a similar path.

    This is the worst possible way to go.

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