Today I learned the truth about this unjust war. I’m a proud soldier who vowed to defend his country against her enemies, but I now realize that the real enemy sits at home. Our leaders have betrayed us and used us to fight their personal battles over their lust for power and greed.
At first I thought I’d silently disappear and send for you when the time was right, but have now decided to stand up for what I believe, in front of my country, its citizens and the world.
Forgive me for the path I have chosen, for our life together now seems like a fading dream. Forgive me, for your hero will now be slain with the words, traitor and coward.
I hope desperately that I may speak to you again but I fear this may be the last letter that I’m able to pen for a long time.
If you do not hear from me again, know this, sweet Abigail, my heart beats in sync with yours, now and forever.
Elliot James McLeod.
I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day – Muhammad Ali (boxer)