Camp Casey and Germany

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I have been
invited to speak to the European Union Parliament in March in Strassbourg,
Germany. My message will be one of peace and non-violent unity against
the out of control murderous and disastrous policies of the Bush
Administration. I wrote extensively about meeting with other world
leaders in my article, “Friends
Don’t Let Friends Commit War Crimes

My message
to the EU will focus on “we the people” forcing the leaders of all
countries to work diplomatically and peacefully to solve problems.
It is time we reach across artificial borders of lines drawn on
a map to forge bonds of love and friendship with all members of
humanity no matter what color, religion, language group or nationality
that other person is. Killing other members of the human race is
barbaric and abhorrent and should never be used to solve conflicts.
This is so important with the current beating of the war drums against
Iran – and we must not let off the President of Iran for his
inflammatory and non-peaceful statements. The wonderful and innocent
citizens of Iran don’t deserve the fate that the undeserving citizens
of Iraq received and are receiving on a daily basis still.

In the frenzy
and excitement of my trip to Germany, some well-meaning pacifists
in the area have scheduled me to set up a Camp Casey outside of
Landsthul, Germany, in front of the military hospital. I won’t agree
to do that.

The Camp Casey
movement is pro-peace and pro-soldier. We love our troops so much
that we want them to come home alive from the fiasco in the Middle

Camp Caseys
have been set up all over the USA and the world and they are set
up in front of the seats of power. The politicians and the war machine
got us into this war; our soldiers are trying to protect each other
and do the best that they can do under horrifically difficult circumstances.




The Camp Casey
in Germany could be moved to a place where people with decision-making
power can see it. The soldiers have very little to say in their
fates after they enlist (which is an entirely different subject)
but especially the ones who have already been wounded in the service
of their country…no matter how evil and greed-serving the phony
mission is.

Let’s set up
Camp Caseys in front of recruiter’s offices to stop our children
from even enlisting to wear a uniform for the war profiteers. Let’s
set up Camp Caseys in front of the Pentagon…Congress…Congressional
offices…embassies…the White House…propaganda media centers…war profiteers…President’s
vacation homes…Karl Rove’s DC home…the list for valid protest locations
is endless…but not in front of our troops.

Our struggle
is with the industrial military complex and the people who put our
soldiers in harm’s way in the first place for no valid reason and
who are keeping them in harm’s way despite all evidence that this
war is a nightmare and a mistake.

Let’s leave
our soldiers out of our protests. They have been put through too
much by their commander in chief and his callous cronies already.

28, 2006

Sheehan 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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