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16 August 2005 @ 02:11 pm
Go, Cindy, Go!  
Joan Walsh has an excellent editorial about Cindy Sheehan's campaign to draw attention to the war and President Bush's missteps in responding to it. Walsh has a lot of good points that anti-war activists need to consider in this domestic war of public opinion. I highly suggest reading this:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2005/08/16/mother/index.html

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Excerpt:


If you haven't already, take a moment to ponder what he told Cox News about why he could find time for a bike ride on Saturday but not to meet with Sheehan:

"I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say. But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life ... I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy. And part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so."

You don't have to be Cindy Sheehan to think that yammering on about "staying healthy" and living a "balanced life" while so many are suffering and dying in Iraq is unthinkably cruel, as well as unbelievably politically tone deaf. When I read Bush's quote -- I read it over and over -- I found myself wondering not just about his character but about his fundamental emotional health. It's as if he's confessing he couldn't stay "balanced" if he had to confront Sheehan's grief, and even worse, her questions about why her son died.


Yep, it's important to keep in shape because there are so many more countries to invade, one has to be up for the job of ordering more men and women to die for no good reason.
 
 
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