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August 11, 2005

Cindy Sheehan -- to be pitied

What a sad soul, to be so wracked by grief as to become undignified in public.

The polite thing to do is to avert one's eyes and to realize she is under the kind of stress that no parent wants to experience. She is really no different than mothers of sons of any other war whose grief twists them to blame everything and everyone except the killers of their beloved child.

If there is any better indication of the moral depravity of what passes for modern "journalism" is all the airtime/column inches devoted to exploiting Mrs. Sheehan's grief ... for ratings, for glee, for other agendas.


Posted by Darleen at August 11, 2005 01:15 PM


it's worse than that. i think she's going to get people killed.

Posted by: annika at August 11, 2005 08:16 PM

She is blaming the killer of her son. She is blaming the lying bastard who wanted to go to war and is incapable of telling us the reason.

The real reason, not the Kool-Ade the right swallows so happily.

Posted by: Ivyfree at August 13, 2005 09:07 AM

The question is simple, really. What's the noble cause?

Allow me to quote Digby:

George Bush said that Casey Sheehan died in a noble cause. We know that this noble cause was not to "disarm Sadam Hussein" because Saddam Hussein had already been disarmed. Perhaps some thought that he hadn't and so pushed for war, but that is not noble. That's a terrible mistake.

We know that this noble cause was not to fight terrorism. There was no terrorism in Iraq, it had no association with 9/11 and they knew it. The terrorist mastermind of 9/11 remains at large -- his number two guy just put out another video. By all accounts the invasion of Iraq has inspired terrorist recruiting. And terrorists just attacked London, the capital of our closest ally. Perhaps some thought that invading a country that had nothing to do with terrorism in order to fight terrorism was noble, but it isn't. That's a horrible delusion.

So, we are left with the final reason. We are there for the noble purpose of bringing freedom to the middle east.

The question then becomes: Have we brought freedom to Iraq?

It is occupied by a foreign power and is dividing and sub-dividing among ethnic and religious factions that are killing Americans and each other. And they are very likely to put in place religious laws that will make half of the country, along all religious and ethnic lines, demonstrably less free than they were under Saddam. Our occupation is creating conditions that make freedom more unlikely than if we leave. As president Bush famously said, "they're not happy they're occupied. I wouldn't be happy if I were occupied either."

If we invaded Iraq to liberate it only to watch it decend into chaos,sectarian violence or fundamentalist theocratic rule (which we will, of course, eventually escape because as Don Rumsfeld says, "our patience is not infinite") then invading Iraq will finally, definitively not be a noble cause. Freedom may be untidy --- this is a bloody misbegotten mess. It is possible that this will not happen. But each day that goes by the odds are getting worse. And in every measurable way so far, the Iraqis in their everyday lives are less free than they were before. They are in constant danger of being killed in random and not so random violence over which they have no control. Violent anarchy is not freedom.

Posted by: Lo Ping Wong at August 13, 2005 09:40 AM

Darleen, you're a middle-class woman who asks strangers to give you money.

You, lady, are in no position to be calling anyone else "undignified."

Posted by: kc at August 13, 2005 09:43 AM

"Darleen, you're a middle-class woman who asks strangers to give you money."

Heh, indeed. Begging is so dignified. If you offered to suck some cock in return, you'd at least be a capitalist.

Posted by: Yohann at August 13, 2005 09:49 AM