Sunday, June 10, 2007

Time For a Rest Cindy, and Thanks for Stepping Up


Cindy Sheehan, who you know as the mother of KIA Casey Sheehan and the face of the anti-war movment has decided to step down from her leadership position in the anti-war movment. She said in her "resignation letter" the following:


"I've been wondering why I'm killing myself and wondering why the Democrats caved in to George Bush," Sheehan told The Associated Press while driving from her property in Crawford to the airport, where she planned to return to her native California.
"I'm going home for awhile to try and be normal," she said.
In what she described as a "resignation letter," Sheehan wrote in her online diary on the Daily Kos blog: "Good-bye America ... you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can't make you be that country unless you want it.
"It's up to you now."


While sounding bitter, one can easily sympathize with her feelings. Basically bereft of family and finances, her crusade to influence the American people to rally towards an anti-war attitude and force Washington into action has seen pitiful success. True, more people are getting exhausted of the war and the continued reporting of the dead, the continued blathering by the Democrats that "something" should be done, and the continued idiocy of this administration and their Republican syncophants (do you hear me Senator McCain?) that this clusterfuck in Iraq is a noble effort. As anyone can tell you, we would much rather see 24x7 news coverage of Paris Hilton's melt-down when she was forced to go back to the pokey for 45 days. WAR is simply uninteresting unless it's on HBO or some other video (and video game). It's no wonder that Cindy has said "fuck-it".


It is up to us. Why in the world do we think this misadventure in Iraq is still the right thing to do? I know, polls show that 60-70 percent of the population believes we should be out of Iraq. But are we? Has anything been done? Where is the outrage? As of now, there are more than 3500 Americans killed as a direct result of their involvement in Iraq. It's a small number, more than 10 times that many will die this year as a result of gun-related deaths in the US. However, it's symbolically huge in that every one of those 3500 people have died as the result of lies, contrivances, and even more insidious purposes: money and profit.


The Bush administration has made a calculated move to gain control over real estate that has the second largest deposits of crude-oil in the world. A sympathetic Iraq will easily provide our gluttonous appetites with as much oil as we can take. Bush, Cheney and the rest of the Oil-Cons (Oil oriented Conservatives), don't give a rats-behind about liberty or democracy. The only care about the oil. If they cared about democracy they would heed the American Public's message to do something different with Iraq. If they cared about liberty, they wouldn't have eroded Habeas Corpus, they wouldn't have illegally implemented wire-taps and other forms of surveillance, they wouldn't hold prisoners without charge and without trial, and most importantly, they wouldn't torture people, whether having the CIA do it or outsourcing it to other countries. No ladies and gentlemen, it's clear to me that OIL is the driver here and the suits in the west wing only care about control of the product and flow.


Cindy Sheehan has become another victim of this war. She has combat fatigue and her voice will be quiet for hopefully only a short while. Cindy, while you are at your rest, may God grant you peace and give you the assurance that you were strong in your convictions, right in your purpose and honored your son's memory.


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Dennis


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