A Lie of Historic Proportions

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Iraq
has been the tragic Lie of Historic Proportions of Washington, DC
since before the first Gulf war. For years, Saddam was one of our
government's propped up and militarily supported puppets. Many people
have seen the famous footage of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with
Saddam. I suppose the two are smiling so big for the cameras because
they are kindred spirits. After all of the hand-shaking and weapon
brokering, when did Saddam become such a bad guy to Bush, Cheney,
Halliburton and Co.? (Insert your favorite reason here).

During
the Clinton regime the US-UN led sanctions against Iraq and the
weekly bombing raids killed tens of thousands of people in Iraq.
Many of them were children, but since one of her children didn't
have to be sacrificed to the homicidal war machine, Madeline Albright,
thinks the slaughter during the "halcyon" Clinton years
was "worth it." More lies.

Anyone
with even a rudimentary understanding of current events understands
that this invasion/occupation of Iraq was not about Saddam being
a "bad guy." If that logic is used, then how many innocent
Iraqi people have to die before the citizens of America wake up
and know that our government is a "bad guy?" We also know
that Iraq was not about WMD's. They weren't there and they weren't
going to be there for at least a decade, by all reports. Another
reason, so wispy and more difficult to disprove, is that America
invaded Iraq to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people.
When one tries to dispute this particular deception, one is accused
of being unpatriotic or hating freedom. Even though correct, the
statement "Freedom isn't Free" is very insulting to me.
False freedom is very expensive. Fake freedom costs over one billion
of our tax dollars a week; phony freedom has cost the Iraqi people
tens of thousands of innocent lives; fanciful freedom has meant
the destruction of a country and its infrastructure. Tragically,
this fabricated notion of freedom and democracy cost me far more
than I was willing to pay: the life of my son, Casey. The Lie of
Historic Proportions also cost me my peace of mind; I do not feel
free and I do not feel like I live in a democracy.

One
of the other great deceits that is being perpetuated on the American
public and the world is that this occupation is to fight terrorism:
If we don't fight terrorism in Iraq then we will have to fight it
"on our streets." In fact, terrorist attacks have skyrocketed
in Iraq and all over the world. So much so, that the State Department
has stopped compiling the statistics and quit issuing the yearly
terrorism report. I guess if one doesn't write a report, then terrorism
doesn't exist. All of Casey's commendations say that he was killed
in the "GWOT" the Global War on Terrorism. I agree with
most of GWOT, except that Casey was killed in the Global War Of
Terrorism waged on the world and its own citizens by the
biggest terrorist outfit in the world: George and his destructive
Neo-con cabal.

The
evidence is overwhelming, compelling, and alarming that George and
his indecent bandits traitorously had intelligence fabricated to
fit their goal of invading Iraq. The criminals foisted a Lie of
Historic Proportions on the world. It was clear to many of us more
aware people that George, Condi, Rummy, the two Dicks: Cheney and
Perle, Wolfie, and most effectively and treacherously, Colin Powell,
lied their brains out before the invasion. The world was even shown
where the WMD's were on the map. We were told that the "smoking
gun" could come at any time in the form of a "mushroom
cloud" or a cloud of toxic biological or chemical weapons.
Does anyone remember duct tape and plastic sheeting?

Finally,
the side of peace, truth and justice has our own smoking gun and
it is burning our hands. It is the so-called Downing Street Memo
dated 23, July 2002, (almost 8 months before the invasion) that
states that military action (against Iraq) is now seen as "inevitable."
The memo further states that: "Bush wanted to remove Saddam
through military action," justified by the conjunction of "terrorism
and WMD's." The most damning thing to George in the memo is
where the British intelligence officer who wrote the memo claims
that the intelligence to base Great Britain and the US staging a
devastating invasion on Iraq was being "fixed around the policy."
Now, after over three years of negligent propaganda, it is difficult
to distinguish the proven lies from the new "truth": that
this occupation is bringing freedom and democracy to the people
of Iraq.

Casey
took an oath to protect the US from all enemies "foreign and
domestic." He was sent to occupy and die in a foreign country
that was no threat to the USA. However, the biggest threat to our
safety, humanity, and our way of life in America are George and
his cronies. Congress made a Mistake of Historic Proportions and
waived its Constitutional responsibility to declare war. It is time
for the House to make up for that mistake and introduce Articles
of Impeachment against the murderous thugs who have caused so much
mindless mayhem. It is time for Congress to re-validate itself by
holding a hearing about the Downing Street Memo. The reader can
help by going onto www.AfterDowningStreet.org
and signing a petition to Rep. John Conyers so he will know that
the American people are behind him to convene an investigation in
the House Judiciary Committee. You can also write your Congressional
Representative to help push the inquiry.

It
is time to put partisan politics behind us to do what is correct
for once and reclaim America's humanity. It is time for Congress
and the American people to work together in peace and justice to
rid our country of the stench of greed, hypocrisy, and unnecessary
suffering that permeates our White House and our halls of Congress.
It is time to hold someone accountable for the carnage and devastation
that has been caused. As a matter of fact, it is past time, but
it is not too late.

June
6, 2005

Cindy
Sheehan [send her mail] is
the mother of Spc.
Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04
She is co-founder of
Gold Star Families for Peace.

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