Hypocrites and Liars

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The
media are wrong. The people who have come out to Camp Casey to help
coordinate the press and events with me are not putting words in
my mouth, they are taking words out of my mouth. I have been known
for sometime as a person who speaks the truth and speaks it strongly.
I have always called a liar and a hypocrite a hypocrite. Now I am
urged to use softer language to appeal to a wider audience. Why
do my friends at Camp Casey think they are there? Why did such a
big movement occur from such a small action on August 6, 2005?

I
haven’t had much time to analyze the Camp Casey phenomena. I just
read that I gave 250 interviews in less than a week’s time. I believe
it. I would go to bed with a raw throat every night. I got pretty
tired of answering some questions, like: “What do you want to say
to the President?” and “Do you really think he will meet with you?”
However, since my mom has been sick I have had a chance to step
back and ponder what I started in Crawford, Tx.

I
just read an
article posted on LewRockwell.com by artist Robert Shetterly

who painted my portrait. The article reminded me of something I
said at the Veteran’s for Peace Convention the night before I set
out to Bush’s ranch in my probable futile quest for the truth. This
is what I said:

“I
got an email the other day and it said, ‘Cindy, don’t use so much
profanity; there’s people on the fence that get offended.'”

And
you know what I said? “How in the world is anybody still sitting
on that fence?

“If
you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your
ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come
home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against
George Bush, stand up and speak out.”

This
is what the Camp Casey miracle is all about. American citizens who
oppose the war but never had a conduit for their disgust and dismay
are dropping everything and traveling to Crawford to stand in solidarity
with us who have made a commitment to sit outside of George’s ranch
for the duration of the miserable Texan August. If they can’t come
to Texas, they are attending vigils, writing letters to their elected
officials and to their local newspapers; they are setting up Camp
Casey branches in their hometowns; they are sending flowers, cards,
letters, gifts, and donations here to us at Camp Casey. We are so
grateful for all of the support, but I think pro-peace Americans
are grateful for something to do, finally.

One
thing I haven’t noticed or become aware of though is an increased
number of pro-war, pro-Bush people on the other side of the fence
enlisting to go and fight George Bush’s war for imperialism and
insatiable greed. The pro-peace side has gotten off their apathetic
butts to be warriors for peace and justice. Where are the pro-war
people? Everyday at Camp Casey we have a couple of anti-peace people
on the other side of the road holding up signs that remind me that
“Freedom Isn't Free” but I don’t see them putting their money where
their mouths are. I don’t think they are willing to pay even a small
down payment for freedom by sacrificing their own blood or the flesh
of their children. I still challenge them to go to Iraq and let
a soldier come home. Perhaps a soldier that is on his or her third
tour of duty, or one that has been stop-lossed after serving his
country nobly and selflessly, only to be held hostage in Iraq by
power-mad hypocrites who have a long history of avoiding putting
their own skin in the game.

Contrary
to what the main stream media thinks, I did not just fall off a
pumpkin truck in Crawford, Tx., on that scorchingly hot day two
weeks ago. I have been writing, speaking, testifying in front of
Congressional committees, lobbying Congress, and doing interviews
for over a year now. I have been pretty well known in the progressive,
peace community and I had many, many supporters before I even left
California. The people who supported me did so because they know
that I uncompromisingly tell the truth about this war. I have stood
up and said: “My son died for NOTHING, and George Bush and his evil
cabal and their reckless policies killed him. My son was sent to
fight in a war that had no basis in reality and was killed for it.”
I have never said “pretty please” or “thank you.” I have never said
anything wishy-washy like he uses “Patriotic Rhetoric.” I say my
son died for LIES. George Bush LIED to us and he knew he was LYING.
The Downing Street Memos dated 23 July, 2002, prove that he knew
that Saddam didn't have WMD’s or any ties to Al Qaeda. I believe
that George lied and he knew he was lying. He didn't use patriotic
rhetoric. He lied and made us afraid of ghosts that weren't there.
Now he is using patriotic rhetoric to keep the U.S. military presence
in Iraq: Patriotic rhetoric that is based on greed and nothing else.

Now
I am being vilified and dragged through the mud by the righties
and so-called “fair and balanced” mainstream media who are afraid
of the truth and can’t face someone who tells it by telling any
truth of their own. Now they have to twist, distort, lie, and scrutinize
anything I have ever said when they never scrutinize anything that
George Bush said or is saying. Instead of asking George or Scotty
McClellan if he will meet with me, why Aren't they asking the questions
they should have been asking all along: “Why are our young people
fighting, dying, and killing in Iraq? What is this noble cause you
are sending our young people to Iraq for? What do you hope to accomplish
there? Why did you tell us there were WMD’s and ties to Al Qaeda
when you knew there weren’t? Why did you lie to us? Why did you
lie to the American people? Why did you lie to the world? Why are
our nation's children still in harm's way and dying everyday when
we all know you lied? Why do you continually say we have to "complete
the missionu201A" when you know damn well you have no idea what
that mission is and you can change it at will like you change your
cowboy shirts?

Camp
Casey has grown and prospered and survived all attacks and challenges
because America is sick and tired of liars and hypocrites and we
want the answers to the tough questions that I was the first to
dare ask. THIS is George Bush’s accountability moment and he is
failing miserably. George Bush and his advisers seriously “misunderestimated”
me when they thought they could intimidate me into leaving before
I had the answers, or before the end of August. I can take anything
they throw at me, or Camp Casey. If it has the chance to shorten
the war by a minute or saves one life, it is worth it. I think they
seriously “misunderestimated” all mothers. I wonder if any of them
had authentic mother-child relationships and if they are surprised
that there are so many mothers in this country who are bear-like
when it comes to wanting the truth and who want to make meaning
of their child’s needless and seemingly meaningless deaths?

The
Camp Casey movement will not die until we have a genuine accounting
of the truth and until our troops are brought home. Get used to
it, George, we are not going away.

August
22, 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
. She is the author of Not
One More Mother’s Child
and Dear
President Bush
.

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Sheehan Archives

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