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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Cindy Sheehan is a hero

There's no other way to put it

On the ground journal by TXsharon here, and Cindy's own words.

3 Comments:

  • True that, k/o. I'd like to see her get an audience with His Disconnected From Humanity And Reality Vacationingness, but I don't expect the coward will budge. Plus, brush don't clear itself, fish don't just jump in the boat by themselves, and there's so much cycling to do--presidentin's hard work sometimes.

    I'm hoping Sheehan soon declares Crawford an unfriendly place and commences to walking (or otherwise traveling slowly and publicly--with a growing army of supporters, I would expect) back to Washington in time to meet Bush at the White House (or Walter Reed, or Dover AFB, etc.) when he's finished screwing around.

    By Blogger &y, at 3:18 PM  

  • IMO, the most important comment in Cindy Sheehan's last statement is the following one, directed specifically in response to Bush's statement that "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission."

    Sheehan writes: "As a mother, why would I want any other mother (American or Iraqi) to go through the same pain as I am suffering through? My son, Casey was an honorable man filled with an integrity rarely seen these days. I am sure that he would be appalled that George uses his death to justify continued killing."

    What's so striking to me about this is that on top of focusing on how American soldiers are facing death and injury, Sheehan is insisting that even if they weren't in harm's way the troops are being forced *to kill other people who don't need to die.*

    Not just that her son's death is being used to justify the continued deaths of other American sons and daughters, but, simultaneously, that it is being used -- in a way that obviously makes her both sick and sad -- to justify, and continue, and halt any criticism of, policies that she finds wrong (and, finally, murderous) in the first place.

    This is the *stronger* of two possible anti-war positions. It's one very, very rarely heard, or even suggested, by any mainstream politician. It's amazing to hear it being given voice by this ordinary woman.

    By Blogger awol, at 10:01 PM  

  • Powerful points.

    It's not just that Cindy Sheehan decided to take this action, and is forthright about going through with it.

    It's also her ability to speak the truth, boldly and in a plain-spoken manner, that is so powerful.

    Reading her diary and comments leading up to her protest, it is almost as if Bush's speech valorizing those lost in Iraq....and using their deaths to cement his commitment to further occupation...was what put her over the top, and forced her to take an action that might not have been fully planned before that point.

    Ie. Bush's words created the consequence of Sheehan's actions...and, now the consequence of Ms. Sheehan's clear and public questions for the President echoing his words back at him.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 10:12 PM  

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