Cindy Sheehan Protest

Introduction Torture Glossary Cindy Sheehan Protest
9/11 Bush’s Five Big Lies The Muslims Will Kill Us All!
Bush’s Untrue WMD Statements Don’t Marry A Soldier
American Terrorists How You Know Bush Lied about WMDs Don’t Enlist
American War Criminals Iraq War Motives Do Enlist
Disrespecting American Soldiers Altruistic War Motives The Coming Draft
Joke Selfish War Motives The Ideal War
Iraq War Casualty Pictures Popular War Motives Spoken Word Links
Abu Ghraib Torture Pictures Economic Cost of the Iraq War Video Links
Navy Seals Pictures Beheadings Books
Fallujah Pictures History Related Essays by Roedy
DU Baby Pictures Why The Iraqis Fight So Hard Links
Culprit Pictures What The Iraqis Want Taking Action
Protester Pictures Republican Denial What You can Do
Links To Pictures Republicans Pretend Not To Notice Mark Twain’s War Prayer
Body Counts Saddam Hussein War Is A Racket
Defense Science Board Future Wounds by Dr. Norman Bethune
Atrocities Mind Your Own Business! How Will The Iraq War End?
Tortures Why I Despise Most Americans Conclusions
Guilty of Torture God On Our Side

The Cindy Sheehan Protest

Cindy Sheehan, War protester

I can think of five reasons why Cindy Sheehan’s protest against the Iraq war is succeeding where others, thousands of times bigger, were less successful.

  1. Her motives are impeccable. Her son was killed. She is grieving. She is particularly suffering because her son sacrificed his life without obvious benefit to his country. She cannot be discounted on political grounds. She can’t be dismissed as some radical peacenik. She is American as American Gothic.
  2. This is how the Viet Nam protest started. History is repeating itself. Even Bush knows it is only a matter of time until her growing protest succeeds.
  3. There are basically two reasons for war:
    1. Powerful people get rich selling the provisions for war.
    2. A football game enthusiasm to go bash the hell out of some enemy.
    There are basically two reasons not to have a war:
    1. People including children, on both sides get maimed and killed.
    2. It diverts productivity to weaponry from livingry. It creates huge public debts.
    Cindy Sheehan with her hangdog face iconifies the main reason to avoid war — it is just too emotionally painful to lose loved ones in the fighting. She is not a statistic. She is a real mother with a real loss. War must be reserved for truly desperate situations where failure to act would kill even more.
  4. Sheehan asked a simple, respectful and completely reasonable question. She did not make a polarising demand. She asked a Where’s the beef? question that makes clear Bush has still not provided a plausible motive for the war. What did my son die for? is the fundamental question of any war. Bush has evaded it time and time again. Staying the course is not a reason for being on the course in the first place any more than it is a reason to persist in folly. Even pro-war people admit Sheehan deserves an answer to that primary question. Bush looks more and more cowardly each day by hiding from her.
  5. She camped out on the president’s doorstep, quite respectfully and legally. She let it be known she was in there for the long haul. She was not going to go away until she got an answer. By being willing to stick it out, she got a lot more publicity than she would otherwise — taking up the filler on slow new days

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