Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Sheehan Exploitation

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This is a subject that I only briefly touched on in my own blog. As with allot of things I reserved judgment on this issue until I knew more about it. At first it appeared that Cindy Sheehan was a mother, grieving her son's death and acting out during the grief process. Having been through this process myself a few times I understand this, and I empathized. For a while I defended her actions in my mind and felt for her, prayed for her.

I have been in the military for over 13 years, and for most of us we feel that there is no higher sacrifice on this earth than to loose your child in the defense of our country. So my heart tugged at me for her grief. I also know that the activities she is engaging in make our job in the military even that much harder, and from someone in such a revered position as she holds (Mother of a fallen soldier) that is hard for me to compute. So I said nothing, but I continued to listen. As I listened I started to hear things that just were not fitting.

It soon became apparent that this Gold Star Mom was using her son's death as a springboard, a way to get herself heard. Not a bad tactic, if it wasn't so reprehensible. You see the worst thing one can do in the military community is dishonor the fallen. Casey Sheehan knew what he was getting into, and did so of his own free will. I would venture to say that he knew what he was fighting for, since most of us currently serving have known from day one, there has not been any new news that we did not already know.

We in the military are in this thing with our eyes wide open. Most who have been to Iraq, such as myself, come back with even more support for the war, not less. We know that finishing the job is what needs to be done, not pull out and leave things in shambles so that our dead will have died in vain.

I am all for a good protest, hell I fight for everyone's right to do that every day, I swore an oath to it. But I'll tell you what, the people who need to be protested are not the honorable upstanding soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fight for us all each and every day. What we should protest are the morons who try to demean and demoralize or troops and then point out how demoralized they are. What we should protest are the idiots that aid and inflame our enemies with rhetoric and half-truths and then tell us that they hate us because we are there now, even though they have hated us for decades.

What we really need to do is stop protesting the piddley things and unite once again as a country and get the job done. What we really need to do is stop protesting about things that we assume to be true, even when it is apparent that we don't have the full story. What we really need to do is stop asking for information to be made public that is either classified or damaging to our own country. Then we can talk about how we could have done it better later. Then we can talk about how people lied, when we know that someone actually lied. What we need is constructivism, not destructivism. The military has a hard enough job without feeling as if they are fighting a loosing war for an ungrateful nation. It's a sad state of affairs when the Iraqi's are more appreciative of us than our own countrymen.

How dare you Cindy, and all you Cindys out there, exploit your honorable child's death for you own gain. How dare you. Somehow I think you never really knew why Casey served, did you?

Zaphriel - Zaphriel's Blog

Cindy Sheethead is a leftwing moonbat to the highest degree. It is hard to have any sympathy for her anymore. She has disgraced her son's noble death with her liberal whining.

And the media is worse. Its a complete freak show! When is it going to end? I don't know how much sicker I can get of it. She is a freakazoid on parade. Can we get Michael Jackson to do a freakshow grand finale show?

You are right Zaph! All this crap does is divide the country. The least thing we need. We need some patriotism and pride. Like you said, we need to unite!

Jay - Stop the ACLU

I've thought and written alot about "Mother" Sheehan and her fellow travelers, camped in the ditch in Crawford. She has become the symbol for the manufactured anti-Bush, anti-Iraq left. The Daily Kos provided the marching order's two weeks ago:
    1. We should call her "Mother Sheehan". We should never call her Cindy; I don't know her. "Mother Sheehan" is her title, and expresses her ceremonial status as a bereaved mother, calling forth over the dead body of her son. She is not a person now, she is a mother, which is not an expression of her individuality, but rather the expression of her eternal character: the mother, the bringer of life who has been wronged by state power.

  1. We should use the word "sacrifice". She has sacrificed the most precious thing a mother has, the life and promise of her child.

  2. We should use the word "useless" frequently. The death of her son is a useless sacrifise, done for the vanity of the ruler.

  3. We should not use the name of her son. Her son is a symbol of all sons who have been sacrificed for this useless and criminal war.

  4. The term "vigil" should be used to describe the persons and their patient petition to the dictatorial ruler. It is a vigil over the body of the dead son, killed by the ruler for his own purposes.

  5. The right will try to INDIVIDUALIZE and SPECIALIZE her complaint. We must try to make her cry the UNIVERSAL and ETERNAL cry of all mothers whose children have died at the whim of the tyrannical and dictatorial ruler, who has made the decision to push children to the front of the army for his own, useless purposes. We must seek to make this like funeral vigils over all time. This is not Mother Sheehan's vigil, this is a vigil over the dead son, killed by the ruler for his own selfish reasons.

  6. If there are any persons who are theatre professionals at the Sheenan vigil, they should arrange things much more theatrically.

  7. If I was there, I would not let Mother Sheehan talk to the press, but I would have her talk only through a spokesperson. In particular, I would not allow her to argue with critics, and would allow no critics to approach her. Her dignity must be preserved. If lesser emissaries from the ruler arrive (C Rice, etc), these should not be allowed to speak to Mother Sheehan
Is your stomach turning at this exploitation yet? It should be. We should use the name of "Mother" Sheehan's son, Casey, who re-enlisted for Iraq, and gave his life volunteering for a mission he didn't have to go on. He went anyway, willingly. He was a hero who should be remembered for his sacrifice. The only thing useless in this sad scenario is a mother willing to use her son's sacrifice for her own political ends. Cindy did not "give up" her son. A man named Casey Sheehan sacrificed his life for his comrades, and for a grateful nation. Well, most of us are grateful anyway. I've not seen much gratitude going in that West Texas ditch.

But then, as number 7 so eloquently states, the ditch in Crawford is theatre, pure and simple. It provides an opportunity for the leftist fringe of this nation to act out its hostility toward a whole host of demons; the military, President Bush, Christians in general, Israel. The list goes on and on and on.

The marching orders above are right about one thing. They really shouldn't allow Cindy in front of the cameras. Here's a medley of her more inane comments:
She said her son "was murdered by the Bush crime family."
She said "You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana . . . You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine."
And, the coup de grace:
"America has been killing people on this continent since it was started. This country is not worth dying for." That was part of her warm-up act for a speech by Lynne Stewart, the "activist" lawyer convicted of conspiracy for aiding the terrorists convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

And how does Cindy feel about other Mothers who lost their sons or daughters in Iraq?
I am starting to lose a little compassion for them. I know they have been as brainwashed as the rest of America, but they know the pain and heartache and they should not wish it on another. However, I still feel their pain so acutely and pray for these "continue the murder and mayhem" moms to see the light.
Yes, number 8 should have been listened to. For myself, I'll throw my support behind those mothers who do support this nation, and their sons who gave their lives to protect it. As for Cindy Sheehan, she provides great propaganda value to the very killers who struck down her son, Casey. You remember him. He's the one we aren't supposed to talk about, except as a symbol. He's a symbol, all right. A symbol of all that is right about this country. The terrorists in Iraq understand that. It's sad that his mother, so wrapped up in her hatred of President Bush and the country she doesn't think is worth dying for, can't understand it as well Zarqawi and his murderous thugs.

Mark - Liberty Just In Case

**Sorry for the late entry...Z.**
Many people have many things to say about Cindy Sheehan.
Zaphriel's opinion here, is just one of them. I believe that Cindy Sheehan has taken a bad situation and made it something that can rally the voices of the nation to one voice that says "Enough! Bring our sons/daughters, mothers/fathers, sisters/brothers HOME!"
Over 60% of the Nation no longer supports the war in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan is one of the voices that is openly and publicly admitting that she's one of them.

I do not see, how her protest and the protesting of others in the nation are making ANYONE'S job in the military harder. What has she personally done to make the Army's day harder? The Navy? The Air Force? The Marines? The National Guard? Has she stood in front of your vehicles and kept you from departing to your allotted posts? Has she cut off your food rations? Has she given you rubber bullets to use in your wars and operations in foreign countries? NO she has not. She may have been a pain in the patootie to the people in Crawford, TX but other than that, how can anyone else say that she has made their job more difficult? Unless of course, you mean the job of recruiting more warm bloodeds to fill body bags, or because she is turning up the spotlight and making this nation look closer at what is REALLY happening in the world.

Allowing her son's death to be a catalyst for change is not a bad thing, it is not,IMHO, reprehensible as some feel. If he, in his dying changes one life anywhere along the way, then he will have had a good death. Honor belongs to him and the many that have died in the course of serving the Nation in both war and peace.

Some say that Casey KNEW what he was getting into when he signed up: perhaps, perhaps not. Many join the military with the goal of college afterwards, with the eye to seeing the world. Many did not join the military realizing that the nation would become embroiled in a war started by li--, lets call it ā€œmisconceptions and faulty intelligenceā€. They did not join to serve hidden agendas. Many did not join the military to become pawns in the Machiavellian machinations of Bush and all of his Capitol Hill Cronies and Yes men.

While you say that most who have been to Iraq, come back with MORE support for the war-I can personally provide that I have spoken to military persons recently, who feel the exact OPPOSITE of how you do. It would appear that the military is as divided on the war, as the Nation is.

I simply don't get how we have made it a patriotic duty to support this war. I don't understand how some can say that if you protest, you do not support the troops. Many a protestor, many a pastor, many a voice will say they are protesting BECAUSE of their love for the troops, their lives are WORTH something more then bleeding and dying on foreign soil in a war that is estimated to be an 8 year long (or longer) war. I find it difficult to believe that the Pope is against the troops. I find it difficult to believe that Rev. Sharpton is against the troops. These are two of the religious voices that have added their own to the "anti-war" movement.

It is said that we can "talk about how we could have done it better later." I believe that those that died for the cause of Civil Rights here in this nation, would say differently. They knew something, we seem to be forgetting: There is a time to stand up against oppression. There is a time to voice and make our voices heard. LATER, we cannot fix it. TODAY, we can. What we do today makes all the difference in the world.

While Zaph believes that Cindy Sheehan is exploiting her son's death, there are thousands in this nation that believe she is allowing her son's death to speak to the Nation's heart and call it to find a greater truth then that of war, torture, death and omnipresent fear.

Before we go condemning Cindy for "exploiting the dead", perhaps we should remember that it was the "exploitation" of the 1,000+dead and the Nation's grief and mourning following 9/11 that PUT us in Iraq to begin with. Not to mention of course, the "exploitation" of these by Mr. Bush in rallying a second term in the White House.

Now, let me be clear about something: I do not, support the immediate removal of our troops from Iraq. I believe that we are THERE now and we MUST see it through. However that does NOT mean that I support this War or that I will not speak up my feelings regarding it. It also does not mean that in doing so that I have ceased to support our Nation's military personnel. I am the grand-daughter of grand-fathers that served in World War 2. I am the niece of a career Navy man that served on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. I am the friend of a former Marine, an Airforce Pilot *AND* an Army Ranger. Believe you me I am as patriotic as the next person. But in my patriotism I have not become blind, deaf and mute. I have eyes which see, and ears that hear and a voice to use regarding what I see as issues. This is one of them.

Nariel - Ancient Eyes for Current Times

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