FERNANDO SUAREZ DEL SOLAR
Over the last three years, since the advent of the Bush War in
I expect towards the end of the year to complete my book. Then, all of those who have known me in these years of continual activism for peace, truth and justice, will have a means of knowing the story behind me: my own father and legacy of public activity, and the message I have chosen, in the name of my son and of the youth of the
The death of my son on
Lance Corporal Marine Jesus Alberto Suarez Del Solar Navarro, died of a bullet wound to the head, or so I was informed on Friday, March 28th, at in the morning, by three uniformed men who came to my house looking for my sons young wife. Apart from the intense pain that overwhelmed me, I also felt intense anger that my son was lost in a war in which I never believed. In front of the cameras, that same day, I blamed President Bush publicly for my son’s death, even without knowing that I was being lied to as to the true cause and circumstances of my son’s death.
Three or four days later, I received a call from a reporter from the San Diego Union Tribune, telling me they had access to very different information regarding my sons death to that officially delivered by the Marine authorities. The reporter told me my son had died in an accident. That same day, Bob Woodruff, an anchorman for ABC in Iraq, telephoned me and told me my son had not died of a bullet wound to the head, but had died by friendly fire, stepping accidentally on a piece of explosive artillery, a piece of artillery that is illegal in any war, a cluster bomb that is illegal according to the Geneva convention and the United Nations, but was nonetheless widely spread on Iraqi soil by the United States military forces. With this information, I proceeded to contact people in the Marines and my own congressman to ask for an explanation. To this day I have not received any response.
On April 9th, when my only sons body finally arrived in
Knowing for certain about the immoral and criminal lie my family was subjected to, I took the decision to go public with my denouncement, and this is how I became, once more, a public figure, traveling and speaking wherever there are those who will listen.
Since then I have traveled throughout most of the
I make every effort to convey to young people that war and violence will never lead to true peace, on the contrary, hatred and desire for vengeance only increment conflict, and breed unending violence. The only true weapon with genuine power to end terrorism and injustice is education, tolerance and respect for others. I will continue my work indefinitely under the present circumstances.
Fernando Suarez del Solar.
Guerrero Azteca Project
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