by Cindy Sheehan - posted 9/25/2006
Our "compassionate conservative" misleader was on CNN with Wolf Blitzer and he had the following to say about the heartache and pain that he has caused the world since his illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq began.
BLITZER: Let's move on and talk a little bit about Iraq. Because this is a huge, huge issue, as you know, for the American public, a lot of concern that perhaps they are on the verge of a civil war-if not already a civil war-We see these horrible bodies showing up, tortured, mutilation. The Shia and the Sunni, the Iranians apparently having a negative role. Of course, al Qaeda in Iraq is still operating.
BUSH: Yes, you see - you see it on TV, and that's the power of an enemy that is willing to kill innocent people. But there's also an unbelievable will and resiliency by the Iraqi people.... Admittedly, it seems like a decade ago. I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is - my point is, there's a strong will for democracy.
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That is 125 commas.
With 2701 of our children killed and over 20,000 injured, I would have to type 182 lines filled with commas. Then, if we take in to account the low figure of 100,000 innocent Iraqis killed, I would need pages of commas.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said that: "Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." I believe that anyone who still supports George and his war of terror on the world have to be going out of their way to ignore the facts, or are profiting some way from this occupation: politically or financially.
I want George and the conscientiously stupid people who avoid evidence like the plague to know that my son was not a comma. Casey was not a cardboard figure, or the one dimensional figure of his widely printed boot camp picture when his cheeks were still chubby from good and plentiful food.
Casey was three dimensional and had hopes and dreams. He wanted to finish college and teach elementary school. He wanted to marry and have babies. I wanted him to marry and have babies. I wanted to hold his children and spoil them and love them like a grandmother should.
Casey loved his brother Andy and his sisters Carly and Janey. He loved our dogs Buster and Chewy and our cats Emily and Molly. Casey watched professional "wrestling" on TV and called it: "male soap operas." He collected toys and we have many boxes of unopened action figures and other collectibles in a storage now.
Casey breathed air, drank water, ate food and everything else that all other human beings do. Above all, he loved God and wanted to serve God his entire life as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. He also bled and died like a human when he was shot in the back of the head.
Conservatively, the "commas" that the Bush Regime has killed by their lies would fill many pages, but in reality, the once breathing human beings are filling thousands upon thousands of graves and lying under tons of rubble.
I am sorry that the leader of our once great nation is so callous towards the people whose lives he has destroyed. If one agrees with President Chavez of Venezuela, or not, it is inherently evident in our country and the world that we should agree with him when he says democracy is not imposed by "bombs and Marines." Democracy rises from the people. Great Britain did not go to war with our forebears to impose democracy, but to stop it.
Killing innocent people, torture, draining our treasury, stealing elections, spying on American citizens without due process, leaving the people of the Gulf States hanging on their roofs for their dear lives, etc, do not bestow democracy and the people harmed should not be reduced to punctuation marks.
My son and the others will not go down in history as "commas" but as more victims of the war machine...and I hope as the last victims of wars for profit. How can George keep a straight face when he talks about the enemy being willing to "kill innocent people?" When has BushCo every shied away from murdering innocents?
George Bush* will be an asterisk in history.
*Impeached, removed from office, imprisoned for crimes against humanity.
The sooner the better.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Casey Austin Sheehan who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is the author of Peace Mom: One Mom's Journey through Heartache to Activism.
January 9, 2005
To the Secretary of Defense:
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at a recent news conference
made a plea for understanding of his concern for the lives of U.S.
soldiers in Iraq. He stated that, "I hope and pray that every
family member of those who have died so bravely knows how deeply I feel
their loss," and that he "stays awake at night for
concern for those at risk." And that the grief of their loved
ones "is something that I feel to my core." Letter to the
editor: Vacaville Reporter: Jan. 9, 2005.
You claim that you deeply feel our loss and you are trying to appear
very compassionate and caring. It is my feeling since my son, Spc Casey
Austin Sheehan, was killed in Sadr City in an ambush on 04/04/04, that the
soldiers that have been sent over there to die for your administration's
lies and betrayals, are the least of your concerns. If you really cared
about our brave young men and women who have been put into harms' way for
no reason, you would have brought them home months ago when it was proven
that Iraq had no WMD's; no connection with 9/11; when Saddam was captured
and the Iraqis were given freedom from him; etc. If you cared about our
soldiers before the falsehoods were exposed to the light, you would have
sent them over to fight a war with the proper planning, training, armor,
equipment and supplies. You would have been more realistic and planned
better for the occupation.
Now the big story that you and yours are telling is that America has
troops over in Iraq to bring Iraqis democracy and to give them control of
their own country. One of our questions for you would be: if this is true,
after the sham elections and after you all have your puppet government
installed in Iraq are you going to bring our troops home? After the
elections, what's going to be the reason to keep our young people in
danger? What's going to be the reason to keep millions of innocent Iraqis
My son was told that he would be going to Iraq to rebuild schools,
sewer systems and relationships with the people of Iraq...he was lied to,
also. He was told that he would be welcomed as a "liberator" with
"chocolates and flowers." Well, he was killed two short weeks after he
arrived in Iraq and he wasn't killed by chocolates and flowers...it was
RPG's and small arms fire. Since you all have tried to equate Saddam and
Osama and make we citizens of the USA believe that they are the same two
people, are you trying to convince us that chocolates and flowers are the
same as grenades and bullets? Using double-speak are we to believe that
"liberator" and "occupier" are one and the same?
Mr. Rumsfeld, you tried these politics of fear in the Ford
administration, and you are playing them again with us. I just want to let
you know that there are some people who aren't afraid...we are fighting to
bring our children home from this illegal and immoral war and we are
fighting to bring peace and democracy back to our country.
There is a group of Gold Star families who are going to be in
Washington, DC for the Inauguration between January 19th and January 21st.
We have requested a meeting with you and we haven't received one yet. My
challenge to you would to be for you to meet with us if you care so much
for and feel our losses so deeply. It would be an excellent opportunity
for you to prove that you have compasssion for our children and truly do
care about our losses. We, as families, have many other questions for you,
also For example: The DOD still says that my son's death is "under
investigation." When I request information, I do not even get a reply. My
son was killed due to the lack of proper training, proper armor, proper
equipment and proper planning...why? Your public answers to questions such
as these have been inadequate and very flippant and instead of bringing
peace and assurance to many of us Gold Star families, your statements hurt
us more deeply.
In requesting our meeting, we the families gave you a deadline to
respond to us...that deadline is January 10, 2005. We come from all over
the country and we all have numerous media contacts. As I stated last
week, if we do not hear from your office regarding this meeting, we are
going to the media. I think your attitude about the safety of our troops
and lack of compassion for not signing the so-called "death" letters has
been a very big news story and I think the media would be interested to
know that you won't meet with us. I think the media would also be
interested to know that you will meet with us if a
meeting is set up.
Mr. Secretary: In the above quote you stated that you "stay up at
night" with concern for those at risk. Well, I haven't had a good night of
sleep, free of nightmares since 04/04/04. My nights are full of grief and
my days are full of pain. My family just passed our first Christmas
without Casey and it was so depressing. I couldn't even bring myself to
get my decorations out. I couldn't bear to see Casey's stocking which has
been hung in joyful anticipation for the last 25 years. We just passed the
nine month "anniversary" of his death: he was in my womb for his first
nine months and the last nine months he has been in the womb of our mother
I wish I could convey to you in person the pain and devastation your
reckless policies have brought to my life: the grief is so profound and
primal that it can't easily be described by the written word. You can't
see my red, swollen eyes or my grief-etched face. At this point, I have
the feeling that you think that my son was a spendable resource for you,
like a bullet or a bomb...but my son was an indispensible part of our
family and my heart and soul. Your policies have created a hole in my
heart and in our family that can never be filled.
I think it is your responsibility to meet with us and our right as
Americans and families of heroes to be granted this meeting. I know it
would ease our minds to have the answers to our questions and the
assurance that you really do feel our losses deeply. A meeting with us
would be a chance to put your words into action. This will be my 3rd and
Casey Sheehan's website
Our Country Has Been Overtaken By Murderous Thugs
(The is the speech Cindy Sheehan made at Riverside Church -- where Martin Luther King gave his "Beloved Community" speech -- during the groundbreaking of the "Break the Silence: Building the Beloved Community" tour. You can read about the tour and Dr. King's speech at the DriveDemocracy.org web site.)
I've been asked to speak to you for 5 minutes or so. Please forgive me, but I'm going to take a little more than 8 minutes. The additional time that I'm going to steal from you is dedicated to my son, Casey, whose entire future was stolen from him.
My son was killed in Iraq on this day one year ago, the same day of April on which Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. From a jail in Birmingham, on April 16 1963 Dr. King wrote these words: "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence.......of the good people." ...end of quote.
And the Apostle Paul said this:
" ...those who desire to be rich fall into temptation...into a snare that plunges men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evil."
Thirty years ago, 1975, Gerald Ford was President of the United Sates. His Chief of Staff was Dick Cheney. His Secretary of Defense was Donald Rumsfeld. Paul Wolfowitz was heading-up the international arms-control end of things. All of these positions related directly to national security. While these men were looking after the nation's safety, they and President Ford concluded that Iran needed to supplement its energy system by adding nuclear power. The nuclear energy project that these men approved would have netted certain US corporations billions of dollars. Had the Shah of Iran...a blood-bought servant of US corporate interests...not soon been overthrown by his own countrymen, the big-wigs at Westinghouse or General Electric...or perhaps both...would have amassed personal fortunes from this one project, alone. Some of the stockholders would have also made bundles on the deal.
In 1975 my son had not yet been born. Today he is in his grave. Dick Cheney, on the other hand, is now Vice President of the United States, and he is materially wealthy beyond what any of us would ever pray to be. This is the same Dick Cheney who during the months leading-up to the invasion of Iraq said that Saddam Hussein not only has stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction...more than a hundred metric tons of the deadly stuff...but he also said that Saddam Hussein was well-advanced in developing nuclear weapons and that therefore the US must invade Iraq and dethrone Saddam Hussein. Clean, quick, and simple according to Dick Cheney. Yet for some time now he has changed his tune. He now says...as if he had said it all along...that the US occupation of Iraq will require years of difficult and sometimes bloody conflict before it will be stable enough to bring our loved ones home. And too, rather than speak of Weapons of Mass Destruction, he now uses the word "democracy" a lot.
Is there yet an American who can not clearly see that Dick Cheney...whether it be 1975 or 2005...will say whatever he thinks is required to ultimately cause wealth and power to move to himself and to his friends? ...need I defile this holy place with words like "Halliburton" and "Kellog, Brown & Root" and "torture" and "US weapons industry"? Indeed, the Apostle Paul is correct in saying that, ultimately, the love of money leads to ruin and destruction.
Donald Rumsfeld is again Secretary of Defense. Only yesterday, it seems, he told the whole world that Saddam Hussein has stockpiles of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He even announced to the world that he and his generals know where Saddam's feared weapons are hidden. He announced this only days before our loved ones risked their lives searching those very areas where he so confidently said the weapons were hidden. Tell me, isn't it entirely reasonable for us to assume that those very places were being surveilled every second of every day and night until the very moment when our loved ones reached those areas and began their search? Donald Rumsfeld told us that the search would net more than a hundred metric tons. Are we to believe that Saddam quickly assembled a caravan of 18 wheelers and loaded all this stuff up and hauled it away to some new hiding place...and that US surveillance...the best in the world....didn't notice any of this happening? Are we to believe that this administration was, once again, asleep at the wheel...just as they would also have us to believe that they were innocently caught off-guard on the morning of September 11, 2001?
I implore you to read some of Scott Ritter...write the name down if you need to: Scott Ritter. R..I..T..T..E..R. I'm certain that many of you have already read his work. His work can be found in book stores, or go to Amazon.com. Read him and you will finally begin to understand that the horrid price we and the people of Iraq have paid to discover that Saddam's Weapons Of Mass Destruction had already been destroyed is not due to any failure at the U.S. intelligence agencies, it is in fact a validation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Ritter will explain to you exactly how is was that Rumsfeld was well-informed, by knowledgeable people within the Intelligence community, that Saddam had been stripped clean of such weapons, that Saddam's ability to reconstitute such weapons' programs had also been destroyed, and that any moves Saddam might have made in that direction would have been observed and stopped, forthwith.
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? Is there even one, sane adult among us who cannot see that Donald Rumsfeld is a threat to our nation's security and to peace on our beloved earth?
Paul Wolfowitz, after months of not finding any Weapons of Mass Destruction....and after hundreds of US soldiers were killed....my son amongst them....and after tens of thousands of innocent Iraq citizens were killed....this same Paul Wolfowitz casually explained....with his kindly charade and his ever so soft voice...that a decision was made to put forth "Weapons of Mass Destruction" as the need for the invasion. Essentially, Paul Wolfowitz admitted that he and his fellow conspirators had decided amongst themselves "...let's just go with the bit about Weapons of Mass Destruction. It's the one thing that will scare the American people enough so as to cause them to get behind this invasion."
As soft-spoken and sincere-sounding as Paul Wolfowitz is, is there yet any sane adult in this country who's skin does not crawl when this murderous liar opens his mouth and speaks? Am I the only person in this room who clearly sees that Paul Wolfowitz is a threat to our nation's security...and to peace on our beloved earth?"
30 years ago these 3 men gave the green light to Iran so that Iran could hire US companies to go there and build a 6.4 billion dollar nuclear power facility. ...no doubt the final bill would have been at least three times that much. Yet Dick Cheney recently said this of Iran's current intentions to add nuclear power to their energy system: Quote...."They are already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas. Nobody can figure why they need nuclear to generate energy"....end of quote. Did these men not notice, 30 years ago, while they and their cohorts were being wined and dined by the Shah, that his opulent surroundings were bought and paid for with oil and gas that was being taken from the ground beneath their feet? Yet these men agreed, clear back then, that Iran needed to add nuclear power to their energy system. It is now 30 years and God only knows how many tens of millions of barrels of oil, later. Why should we believe these men....who we know are liars....when they now say that Iran's primary motive for wanting nuclear power is so that they can make nuclear weapons with which to destroy us and our allies? Even now, the International Atomic Energy Agency reports that there is no evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. The Bush administrations response? They are trying to oust the agency's lead inspector, Mohammed al-Baradei. But who can forget that it was Mr. al-Baradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency who, during the months prior to the invasion of Iraq, reported that Saddam no longer had a nuclear weapons programs.
Our country has been overtaken by murderous thugs....gangsters who lust after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people near and far. We've watched these thugs parade themselves before the whole world as if they are courageous advocates for Christian moral values....and for the spread of democracy. Yet we all know that they are now putting in place, all across this country, a system of voting that provides no way to validate the accuracy of the counting of the votes. Our loved ones have been buried in early graves even as these arrogant thugs parade themselves before the entire world, insisting that democracy is worth dying for, killing for, and destroying entire cities for, all the while they are busy here at home overseeing the emplacement of an electronic voting system that invites fraud at every turn, an electronic vote-counting system that provides no way to validate the votes cast, and that, by it's very design, prohibits recounting the votes.
For these men to not see to it that our own system of voting and vote-counting is accurate, understandable and verifiable...all the while sending our loved ones to kill and to die so as to establish a democracy in some far away place......this is just one more staggering piece of evidence that the US government is now ruled by murderous hypocrites...criminals who should be arrested, charged appropriately, confined behind bars, and then tried in a court of law...not only here in our own country, but also in all the other countries which have suffered their incomprehensible greed. In their secret hiding places, while celebrating newly won fortunes with their fellow brass, these men must surely congratulate themselves with orgies of carnal pleasure as they mock the multitudes who are yet so blind as to mistake them for God's devoted servants.
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