"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' she said in the story. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'
"[F]or all our brave souls (American or Iraqi) who have been murdered by the Bush crime family. I told my Congressman that he needs to speak out against the lies and murder."
"You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East."
Maybe Rich Lowry is correct, maybe President George W. Bush has been merely lucky in who his opponents have been; from Vice-President Al Gore all the way to Senator John Kerry. I would personally go further promulgating that these very themes and ideals are how many in the Democratic Party actually feel. This woman, Ms. Cindy Sheehan, is expressing the very same rhetoric many Democrats and Liberals in America misguidedly cling to: that President Bush is indeed a killer and he should spend the rest of his life rotting in the Hague.....
This explains the methodology behind her expression and her escalation into shrill, careless rhetoric about our nation's leaders. She has been seduced, blinded by her grief, by fringe elements that continuously degraded the War in Iraq. In reading her story from her first meeting with the president, it was not widely known that she disagreed then with President Bush in the rationale for going to war. However, as the accompanied link illustrates, she opined that he was a genuine individual who comforted her in her time of need. There disagreements were cast aside for an element more worthy of attention, the grieving of her son. With this expression of courage shown by Mrs. Sheehan; she illustrated all of what is great about America. In dire time she put aside her differences and focused on our nation's task whether she personally agreed or not. Fast forward to the present, and the mutated form of what she has now become illustrates the very worst in America.
Her actions now are accomplishing nothing and doing no less than tarnishing the memory of her son. Her son was one of our best and brightest in a generation. He knowingly sacrificed his livelihood to join the ranks of serving for our defense; and, with valor, died defending a noble and just cause against a barbaric enemy.
Any family, any mother, any father, any person with heart, any American, grieves the loss of such life, and America should provide comfort and support to the parents and families of our fallen men and women. Though it is not personally known in the fullest extent, such a loss is surely incomprehensible, and no parent should out live their own. Though, Americans are used to this challenge. Nearly every generation of Americans have been called to sacrifice in some form or fashion to preserve the costly freedom so that our children may enjoy this very same freedom in their own lives.
All this said in preface, for Ms. Sheehan's actions now are nothing less than selfish and undeniably cruel to the legacy of not only her son, but of each soldier that serves and has made the ultimate sacrifice. Her rhetoric is careless, in the least, and her credibility slips further and further away with each passing moment. Sympathy should be met with compassion, but this does not mean that carelessness should be accepted as well. Her son is not the only fallen soldier, and her story is not the only to be told. Ranting and raving about the Jews causing terrorism and that she will not pay taxes because Bush is a 'murderer' does nothing for her son, nor does it bode well for her son's brothers and sisters in arms. They are still giving of themselves to preserve our freedoms. We understand her grief, but the sympathies subside when you trample a cause that is worthy of our support. The war, and the loss, can be a topic sparking disagreement, but a decision was made and we must move forward.
It should be understandable to disagree, but dissent does not mean that one can say what they wish without consequences. Others have that very same right of expression, and this should be crystal clear to any view found upon the spectrum. Americans are sympathetic to a grieving mother, but a grieving mother becomes transparent when her actions pervert a noble cause and shatter the dignity of any public discourse. I sympathize and wish that I could quench her pain, but she deserves scold when she tarnishes the memory of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Stating that this war was illegal and that our president is a murderer for oil does nothing more than trivialize the life of her own flesh and blood.