Friday, August 12, 2005

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HAT TIP: Jay

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The Tragedy of Cindy Sheehan

Of all the sad stories I have read recently, this is one of the saddest.

A few months after the death of her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, when Cindy Sheehan & her family got the chance to meet the President, she made these statements to a local paper:
"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."
She went on to say, of the meeting attended by other military families who had lost a loved one to combat:
The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.
For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.
"It's hard to lose a son," she said. "But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war."
The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.
For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle. For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.
"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.

And now, a year later she has characterized her meeting with President Bush very differently:
..."He acted like it was a party ... he came in very jovial, like we should be happy that ... our son died for [the President's] misguided policies."

She has also espoused visions of neo-con conspiracy theories & paranoid delusions of being hunted. Her statements:
.... [H]e was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel...
Cindy says that the protesters will be killed if they stay the night.“We’re not letting them intimidate us. If we get killed out here, know that the Secret Service killed us.”…(Afterdowningstreet.org' s reports from her, DailyKos here)
clearly show that this lady is unwell.

My heart goes out to her. She has lost a child; there can be no grief that is comparable. When such a shocking thing occurs, a person is emotionally fragile & extremely vulnerable. The feelings of grief, loss, anger, fear, disbelief, guilt & a myriad others all course through the mind at lightening speed wreaking havoc in their path & sending the person on an unstoppable roller coaster ride. You blame your-self, you blame your loved ones, you blame total strangers & you blame God in an effort to make sense of not only the tragedy, but also of your own life. The caveat to the saying 'time heals' is that the time in question is rather long one. A year is a very short time in the course of grieving.

During a time like this, as cults know very well, it is very easy to manipulate a person. When comparing the level of rationality of her statements, it is clear that the Mrs. Sheehan, who was not only able to speak cogently but also make the decision to keep her mind open to what the President might say & chose to behave in the dignified manner that she felt her son would have appreciated, a year ago, has undergone a radical change.

What saddens me most is how some bloggers & the MSM are treating this story. On the left, there are those rejoicing in her grief & using it as weapon in their war against Bush. On the right there are some who are catcalling her & mocking her as a moonbat. Ordinarily, if a person made the statements she did, I would too. I am not disputing the fact that she is clearly not well, however, she is a mother, grieving the loss of her child, who has fallen under the influence of a group of malicious people. Such terrible grief can unhinge any of us.

I realize that it is important to counter the lies of the left, however, it is possible to do so in a sympathetic & appropriate manner. I am glad to see so many conservatives doing an admirable job of covering this difficult story. I hope that all conservatives will remain above the nastiness & not give Michael Moore & his cronies the satisfaction of sinking to their level.

HAT TIP: Michelle Malkin

Update: Mohammed of Iraq the Model has a wonderful message to Cindy Sheehan. He asks her to think about the mothers who lost their children to Saddam tyranny & tells of how Iraq is a better palce because of the sacrifices of those like her son. Please read it. (Hat tip: BloodSpite)

Update II: Via Hooah Wife & AOW, Soldiers Against Cindy Sheehan

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