I am very concerned about some of the quotes that I have read regarding Sheehan’s position on why her son died. You’ll recall that she is the woman whose son was killed in Iraq. She is currently camping outside of Bush’s ranch in Texas.
My heart goes out to a mother who has lost her son. It wouldn’t matter what the cause is/was, that is an unspeakable loss and truly no parent wants to live long enough to see their child die.
So I can forgive and understand some of her actions as being the result of unimaginable pain and grief. But I cannot condone nor reconcile all of her words because she is straying into areas that border very dark places.
I have pulled some quotes and information from a variety of sources. The following comes from The Wall Street Journal’s Best of The Web Today (August 15th, 2005 edition)
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. I’m going all over the country telling moms: “This country is not worth dying for.” If we’re attacked, we would all go out. We’d all take whatever we had. I’d take my rolling pin and I’d beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq. We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if 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. . . .
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. It’s okay for the United States to have nuclear weapons. It’s okay for the countries that we say it’s okay for. 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.”
In the same speech she opens her speech by saying:
“We are not waging a war on terror in this country. Weâ€™re waging a war of terror. The biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush.”
That is just patently wrong and morally reprehensible. There are a lot of things that you can say about Dubya, but this is just wrong. Of course she likens Rumsfeld to Hitler and Stalin. She said this at at a speech she gave in Venice, California.
“Is there anyone in America who cannot yet see that Donald Rumsfeld is a liar…that he, as with Hitler and Stalin….will say anything so long as he thinks it will help shape the world to his own liking?”
The more that I read the more respect that I lose for her. I appreciate her sacrifice and I am happy to fight for her right to speak her mind, but she is venturing into dangerous waters when she suggests that the US is in Iraq because of Israel.
She is wandering in places that make me wonder if she is really saying what she thinks because I am not so sure that she doesn’t want to blame “The Jews” as being responsible. Some people may think that I am being hypersensitive, but I really am not so sure about that, especially given the hysterical rhetoric such as that above.
There is valid and legitimate criticism that can be leveled at the administration for the war and the events surrounding it, but when you start throwing names like Hitler and Stalin out people of good conscience and understanding must be concerned.
Ms. Sheehan, you have had enough press on my blog for now. I am sorry for your loss, but if your true feelings really are of the nature that I suspect than I feel even sorrier for you because in a short time your words will be exposed and those who seek to use you will drop you like a hot potato. And believe me if you do not think that you are being used by certain groups you are sadly mistaken.