Coming Home with a Bomb in His Luggage
I thought the story of the Jamaican returning home with a bomb in his luggage a joke at first.
But as I read more details in the upcoming days, I felt very sad for this ex-US soldier, who was now being referred to as a "Jamaican national" rather than an ex-Gi. That is, an ex-GI who had been driven insane by a combination (and coincidence) of his war experience and his mother being violently killed.
I felt quite sad, because it's clear that this particular has not achieved the American dream, and may even have felt guilty that he left his mother vulnerable while he was in Iraq "fighting terrorism." Of course, I am speculating here...
But it all seemed to very, very sad. Will he be thrown in jail, or will he be let off off by pleading diminished capacity, or insanity?
In either case, his friends and relatives have been reported here in the press saying that this was not the Kevin Brown that they knew.
I bet it wasn't.
I imagine that he might feel betrayed by both his home and adopted countries, and without his mother, more than a little lost in this world.