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Friday, August 26, 2005

There She Goes... RIGHT Off the Deep End

Yes, we can all sympathize with the fact that Cindy Sheehan's son died at the hands of terrorists (no, Cindy, NOT just someone who wants the US out of their country- these people want the US to disappear all together). We can never understand what she and her family have gone through, because most of us have never gone through something like that.

That being said... this woman has officially taken a nose dive off the deep end.
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is now purportedly "channeling" her slain son, Casey, from heaven, suggesting he's calling President Bush "an idiot," and she claims to have "tens of thousands of angels" supporting her cause to bring home immediately American troops serving in Iraq.

"When I get up [to heaven], he's gonna say, 'Good job, mom,'" the California woman said in a speech last night upon her return to Crawford, Texas. "He's not going to say, 'Why'd you make me spin in my grave?' you know. And I can just hear him saying, 'George Bush, you are really an idiot. You didn't know what you were doing when you killed me. You didn't know what you were getting into.'"

She publicly thanked her son and others who died in the Iraq War, and claimed to have the backing of Casey and his fellow fallen soldiers in the afterlife.
I'm not going to take this apart theologically (from my belief system... well... it ain't happening...) She can believe that she's talking to her dead son, and that he's telling her that the moon is made of cheese for all I care. (Okay... I think she needs massive amounts of grief counseling. She's losing what's left of her family because she cannot accept that people who hate our way of life killed her son, and she's placing the blame on people who do not deserve it.) She can have attention-seekers join her. She can have her little protest, and take her bus trip to DC. Let her be the media's darling for a while. That's fine. It's not helping her cause, but that's fine. She's got to do what she's got to do.

My problem with her "channeling" her son is that she says that "his fellow fallen soldiers" are backing her. (We won't even get into the fact that she's the only person who has said that Casey was against the war, but wanted to do his duty. This doesn't sound like someone who was just doing his duty.) It was bad enough when her followers placed crosses with the names of fallen soldiers on the side of the road (without permission from their families). Now she says that those fallen, those who gave their lives for freedom, are backing her. THAT, in and of itself, is proof that she's not "channeling" Casey or any other fallen soldier, because I know of at least one of those fallen who would NOT have backed her. (If any of his family is reading this and disagrees, let me know... but... for some reason, I don't think that will be the case.)

Many of the men and women who have given their lives in service to the US in the last 4 years stood behind their Commander in Chief, and they gladly served. Yes, there were some who disagreed with the policy, and they chose to do their duty, anyway. No, they didn't want to die. They understood the risk, and they signed on the dotted line, knowing that one day they might have to lay down their lives so that others might live.

Ms. Sheehan, if you feel like dishonoring your son's life and service, that's one thing. It just shows you to be more concerned about your personal agenda than his memory. It's another thing to dishonor the memory of others who voluntarily entered the military and gave their lives for (what one day I feel will be looked at as) a noble and just cause.

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