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Mother of a Marine Corps Sergeant killed in Iraq will deliver a letter to Mrs. Bush and her daughter, Jenna


On Friday, April 25, at 7:00pm, at the Borders bookstore at 14th and F Streets, NW, Gilda Carbonaro, mother of Sgt. Alesandro Carbonaro who died after being burned in an IED blast in Iraq, plans to deliver her letter which reads in part:

“Your children, Mrs. Bush, are safe and I am glad for you. But I wonder, have you ever urged them to enlist in this heroic adventure? Your husband has told us many times how important this cause is…Why, then, has the price for this war been paid only by people like my son, Marine Corps Sgt. Alesandro Carbonaro, who died May 10, 2006, eight days after being horrifically burned in an IED blast in Al Anbar Province, Iraq?

Can you not see the simple, basic unfairness of asking others to do what you yourself are unwilling to do? Have you drifted so far from an understanding of fundamental justice that you cannot see the contradictions apparent to so many of us?

These are not rhetorical questions. They are as real as the knot in our stomachs and the ache in our hearts. It is time – and past time – that you face these questions without blinking or dodging and give us a satisfactory answer.”


Ms. Carbonaro, a member of Gold Star Families Speak Out, said she went to the bookstore “to remind the Bush administration that we have now lost 4,050 of our children in Iraq, among them my 28 year old son. The Bush administration cannot continue to demand this sacrifice of the young men and women in uniform who have already given so much in a war that cannot be sustained, neither in blood nor treasure.”

The Democracy Rising 'Stop the War' Campaign seeks to bring people together to become an effective force to ensure a responsible withdrawal from Iraq and to bring the troops home as soon as possible.

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