The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A scream that the war needs to stop

Sep 13, 2004

What would you do if you were told that your son had been killed in a pointless war?

When Carlos Arredondo of Hollywood, Florida faced three Marines who came to his house to tell him that his 20-year-old son Alexander had been killed in Iraq, he told the Marines to leave him alone.

Filled with grief and desperation, he walked into his garage and picked up a propane tank, a gas can and a lighting device. He took them to the Marines' van, smashed its window, climbed inside, and set it ablaze.

Arredondo was released from the hospital last week after being treated for second and third degree burns over much of his body.

Arredondo's wife Melida stated, "This is his scream that his child is dead. The war needs to stop."

Arredondo later added, "I was crying, screaming inside the van.... I feel betrayed. I was angry with the war. I didn't see the point of my son dying... or these people dying every day."

Arredondo's anguished reaction speaks for all military parents who feel the same way, parents whose views ordinarily aren't reported amidst all the propaganda pushing support for this dirty war.