The Ubiquitous Cindy Sheehan
She isn’t a mourning mother as much as a hatemongering ideologue. She doesn’t oppose the war as much as she opposes George W. Bush in particular and Republicans in general. A recent column written by anti-war caricature Cindy Sheehan reads like Michael Moore’s talking points:
If Casey had not been killed in Iraq in George’s imperialistic war for power and wealth, I wouldn’t be on this path.
I hope we can look toward this with the expectation that the Democrats will finally unite against the immoral occupation of Iraq that has put an empty place at the holiday tables of over 2100 American families.
I can also hope against hope that the war criminals in power that advocate and condone torture and use the same chemical weapons against innocent Iraqis that they hypocritically accused Saddam of using against his own people [breathe…] will finally have to resign in disgrace before a mostly complicit Congress has to impeach them. After George and Co. resign in shame, someone needs to haul them off to The Hague for war crimes trials.
I am especially thankful for the inspiration that led me to Crawford in August to confront the criminal on his own turf. I am thankful to George, who very predictably did not meet with me and so sparked the Camp Casey Peace movement.
This administration full of neocon crooks has ruined the holidays for so many people worldwide.
What readers should remember is that, contrary to her claims today, Cindy hated Bush and opposed military action in Iraq before she had an inkling that her son might become involved. Her son knew about her viewsand he told her he disagreed with them. Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who died on April 4, 2004, in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire, believed in the war. His belief was so strong that he re-enlisted during wartime and volunteered to be deployed to Iraq. Cindy, who despite her claims was already against the war, tried to talk Casey out of going, but he made up his own mind as mature people do. Then, in a final act of defiance, he volunteered for the dangerous mission in which he lost his life. Casey Sheehan died in a war he believed in. No wonder his mother is angry, so angry that she is getting back at him for his defiance by turning him in death into what he refused to be in life: an anti-war prop.
This is why when Cindy mentions her son, she never mentions his opinions about the war, much less opine about what he might think of her using his name to oppose it. She talks about what she thinks, what she wants. That’s an understandable reaction of a grieving mother, her prerogative as a person, and her constitutional right as an American. But it would be nice if she demonstrated enough respect for her dead son to stop using his name to further an agenda she knows he didn’t support.