Thursday, January 04, 2007

A Letter From Cindy Sheehan

There are those who are still obsessed with Senator Kerry's botched joke. They feel that he has done a terrible thing to the soldiers. Imagine that an accidental comment that some might have improperly interpreted to be a slur on soldiers.

Senator Kerry was slurring our President who has involved us in an unnecessary war of choice. A war that has left over 3,000 young American men and women dead and thousands more injured. For nothing. So that we can see a lynch mob hang up the former dictator Saddam? So that we can turn the reins of power over to a Shiite government that seeks to form closer ties with Iran? For oil that is not flowing?

This is what Cindy had to say. With credit to the Gold Star Families for Peace website.
"A Mile of Flags
11:00 AM Jan 01, 2007

A Mile of Flags
In Search of Peace
with Cindy Sheehan

Gerald Ford is dead. Every time I get a chance to turn on the TV I am incessantly reminded of this fact.

His body is lying in state on the same structure that has held up every dead president’s body since Abraham Lincoln. His widow constantly has a military honor guard to support her, sometimes even physically. The flag draped coffin is never left alone: there is always a military presence there to guard and honor the body. We have seen Ford’s flag-draped coffin entering and exiting planes and cars. The tradition can be quite moving at times, but, to me, also quite frustrating and gut-wrenching.

On April 04, 2004, my son, Casey was killed in Iraq. Between April 04 and April 10, we had no idea how Casey was killed, or what condition his body was in. We heard from the son-in-law of a friend who was stationed at Dover Air Force base that he had “unloaded” Casey from the transport plane that brought him from God knows where. Baghdad? Germany? Ireland where he had just passed through alive barely 3 weeks earlier? On April 9 (Casey’s grandpa’s birthday) we heard that he would be delivered to San Francisco International Airport the following day.

The limo from the funeral home picked us up around noonish. Casey’s dad, brother, sisters, my Mom, his Auntie, I, and a few close friends took our final ride to pick Casey up from the airport on his final trip home. I couldn’t get it out of my mind that we had joyfully picked him up from the Sacramento airport less then 4 months earlier when he had come home for his last Christmas on earth.

The trip from Vacaville to the City by the Bay is never fun---there is always heavy traffic, but Saturdays are definitely the worst. San Francisco is certainly a popular weekend destination. This trip to “The City” as we Northern Californians call it, would be the most nightmarish trip of my life.

When we arrived at SFO, our limo pulled up to the United Airlines loading dock. Casey’s body in his coffin, wrapped in a box had already arrived so we stood around and watched the United dock workers load Casey into the back of the hearse. If I remember correctly, about 99% of Casey’s collected loved ones were sobbing uncontrollably and trying to comfort each other, the reamining 1% stood alone in anguished and shocked bewilderment. This is the “honorable” way that Casey was delivered to us. And to make matters worse, his “honor” guard wasn’t with us yet---so we had to sit on the curb under a 101 Freeway off ramp for over 30 minutes waiting for him.

On December 31st, our 3000th child was killed for the lies of another president. While Gerald Ford lies in state, our 3000th troop will be brought home on his final airplane flight in the cargo area. This fine young example of humanity will be sneaked into the USA as if he, and not his Commander in Chief, were a criminal. His family will be left to mourn alone and his body will not be guarded night and day. After the funeral (that Bloody George will not attend), he will be forgotten by the country that sent him to die in a war that is as corrupt as the day is long, but his family will never be able to recover from his loss.

The news channels are infusing us with coverage of Ford’s pomp and circumstance and CNN Headline News gave 10 seconds to the 3000th American casualty of the Iraq bloody blunder. Why is a soldier’s life less honorable than a president’s life? If our soldiers are worthless to the American people, where do the 655,000 innocent Iraqis that have been slaughtered by Bloody BushCo fit in to daily consumeristic consciousness?

Yesterday, Camp Casey in Crawford, Tx, placed 3000 American flags down Prairie Chapel Road. The flags, which we planted about 12-16 inches apart extended for approximately a mile on each side down the road. The visual was somber, touching, and very reverent. We decided that yesterday was not a day for politics, but a day to honor our young people that have been so dishonored by the man on that same road who spends his days clearing brush while contemplating signing more death orders and his nights sleeping like a baby.

Being a peace activist is not a very safe position in Crawford, Tx. One of our neighbors came out with a shot-gun and threatened to shoot if we put flags in front of her property. Since the ditches are public property, and we believe that we are honoring the brave souls who are brave and dedicated, we put some in front of her home. When one of our Camp Caseyites went back this morning to pick up the flags, she had broken every one of them that we had put in front of her house. We already knew that many people in Crawford hate the sight of crosses, but we thought that the American flag would be a safe symbol that all of us, being patriotic Americans every one, could agree upon. Apparently, some people don’t like to visualize a number that was made possible by their support of serial killers.

After we had finished our memorial to our fallen heroes, we ciphered out a very sobering visual. If we put a symbol for each Iraqi death along a road, it would take up 220 miles of road, on each side! That is a road that would stretch from Crawford to Houston. From Baghdad to Vacaville and from Falluja to Crawford, and many points along the way, the heartache and mayhem just continue. Sorrow for war is born by loving, caring families on both sides of the conflict and profit and satisfaction are born with callous disregard for humanity on the other side---while any kind physical, financial, emotional, or political risk is minimal to the war-mongers, to say the least.

While millions of Americans, ordinary citizens, politicians, or news media, were very busy NOT thinking of 655,000 plus lives stolen and millions more lives destroyed, we at Camp Casey spent all New Year’s Eve day with our sorrow and with our devastating and totally un-called for and unnecessary losses.

May 2007 make such memorials obsolete.

The sorrow for the ones already gone will always be with us, but only grass-roots activism that is unrelenting and heartfelt will prevent more sorrow.

May 2007 see a massive dedication, or re-dedication to a Peace Surge."
While I do not claim to agree with everything Cindy Sheehan does, she knows that her son paid the ultimate price of our involvement in Iraq.

She knows that Senator Kerry is working to prevent other mothers from paying that horrendous price for the war.

His joke didn't kill anyone.

Those that "fixed the facts" are responsible for the death and dismemberment of thousands of young American men and women. Not Senator Kerry's bad joke.

For those who would like to smear the Senator, a true decorated Veteran, and place blinders on their own eyes, avoiding staring at the reality that confronts us, let them wallow in the mud of their own invention.

As for me, I am continuing to support Senator John Kerry for President in 2008 as long as he is interested in the job. Keep on Coming John! We have got your back!



Blogger Michael said...

"For those who would like to smear the Senator, a true decorated Veteran"

Hey Bob, how come you won't answer one of my questions about your war hero Kerry? Who recommended him for his first Purple Heart? After all his commanding officer refused to do it. Can't wait for your answer.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Please refer to a post on the prior thread. There is a letter there to Kerry from Danna Palmer whose son was also killed in Iraq. There is a stark difference between Mrs. Palmer and the publicity slut Sheehan.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous democrafty said...

This is a really powerful letter. It reminds me of Senator Kerry's speech at Georgetown in '05, when he talked about how the administration was hiding the coffins from us, and had "robbed us of our right to mourn together as a nation."

I thik about that line all the time. Thanks for posting this.

11:53 PM  

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