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Cry Me A Riverbend II

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Who Is Cindy Sheehan
(aka Let Cindy Speak For Herself

UPDATE (Hattip Sandmonkey)
OPEN LETTER TO CINDY SHEEHAN by Mom of Two Soldiers
Residing in the same town as you once resided and knowing your family, I must ask you,"Whatever are you thinking?"
Your son was the one who encouraged my youngest son to enlist. You were very proud of Casey and what he was doing then and he believed very much in what he was doing.
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Cindy, you've changed since the Kerry campaign contacted you in early July of last summer. You're not the same grieving mom, especially after you started traveling on the road to support John Kerry's campaign. You've turned into a political puppet for those who are exploiting you and its not pretty nor does it do anything for Casey's memory.
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How can you consistently state that you don't want your son's name to be acknowledged by him and on the same hand, turn around and use the name of Joe Williams' Mike, as an example for your cause despite the many requests of the family for you not to do so? How could you print Mike's name in your anti-war advertisement in the newspaper even after seeing the grief and effort his mother went through to go to Crawford to personally remove it from your cross. You knew it caused them pain.
Check it out. Read it all.

UPDATE
Cindy Sheehan took part in the 9-11-05 protests.
Lest there be any doubt about Mrs Sheehan's opinion on the invasion of Afghanistan, she said:


There have been four failures of this administration: Sept. 11, Afghanistan, Iraq and now Hurricane Katrina.
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Cindy Sheehan has become the darling of the Unrealists. So I say let her speak for herself. This is great, because I think Raed Jarrar should give Cindy his login information to post at his blog so we can have a contest to see who can guess which posts are whose:

"I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people...since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted.
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"This country is not worth dying for.
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We were not attacked by Iraq. We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if [perhaps the neo-cons staged 9/11 because] 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have. The people are good, the system is morally repugnant.
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What they’re saying, too, is like, it’s okay for Israel to have nuclear weapons. But Iran or Syria better not get nuclear weapons.
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We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now. It’s okay for them to have them, but Iran or Syria can’t have them. It’s okay for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s – yeah – and it’s okay for Iraq to occupy – I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not okay for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites!

The above is part of Sheehan's speech at San Francisco State University hosting Lynne Stewart Esq. who was recently convicted of forwarding statements by her terrorist client to his followers urging them to violence.

The event was sponsored by International Socialist Organization which proudly states on the "WHERE WE STAND" page of its website:

Revolution Not Reform

Reforms within the capitalist system cannot put an end to oppression and exploitation. Capitalism must be overthrown.The structures of the present government–the Congress, the army, the police and the judiciary –cannot be taken over and used by the working class. They grew up under capitalism and are designed to protect the ruling class against workers.

It was also sponsored by Students Against War which put out this gem of a flyer:

SAW regularly posts its activities on the Marxism Mailing List, so its connection to ISO is not a fluke.

In the above cited speech, Cindy Sheehan said:

I just want to say that you students, Students Against War, you have all my support and all my organization’s support. I told Kristen if you have any actions and you need a ringleader, that I only live about an hour away. I’ll be here. If I can sleep on somebody’s floor, we can have this, we can camp out, do whatever we need.

Um hm. These are the folks discussing the really interesting question of whether Americans should be on the side of the insurgents (the people who actually killed her son). Cindy thinks they're great!

This is an email from Cindy Sheehan to the producers of Nightline. She was unhappy with Ted Koppel's treatment of her during an "townhall" style panel discussion. I should note that Koppel and the producers of Nightline have made the news several times as opponents of Bush and skeptics on the progress of the New Iraq. It was posted to a Google Group on March 14th, 2005.

Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11.
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It would be so amazing if your show would put me, or another parent who lost their child on who disagrees with the war and this administration: to have just an entire show..without presenting the false side of the debate.

Okaaaay. None of that "showing both sides" nonsense for Cindy.

This is what she says about the email today:

Another “big deal” today was the lie that I had said that Casey died for Israel. I never said that, I never wrote that. I had supposedly said it in a letter that I wrote to Ted Koppel’s producer in March. I wrote the letter because I was upset at the way Ted treated me when I appeared at a Nightline Town Hall meeting in January right after the inauguration. I felt that Ted had totally disrespected me. I wrote the letter to Ted Bettag and cc’d a copy to the person who gave me Ted’s address. I believe he changed the email and sent it out to capitalize on my new found notoriety by promoting his own agenda. Enough about that.

Hmmmm...this letter was posted in March, Cindy. You didn't have any "new found notoriety" then.

Here's more:

The other thing I want him to tell me is 'just what was the noble cause Casey died for?' Was it freedom and democracy? Bull---t! He died for oil. He died to make your friends richer. He died to expand American imperialism in the Middle East.

And she also said:

Saddam was our national leader, And yeah, I know I know…he was a dictator, he was stupid, and self-destructive, but he was our national leader that I didn’t [want] any external forces to come and change....But he was a national leader, and more a phenomena than a person.A phenomenon that Iraq must go through to reach to a better future.

Okay, I lied. That wasn't Cindy. It was Raed.

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Check out Mohammed's letter to Cindy at Iraq the Model.

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