Speak for Yourself

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While we were camping out in hot and humid Crawford, Texas last
August, trying to meet with George Bush and trying to end the war,
a right-wing organization called Move America Forward (to oblivion?)
started a bus tour called: Cindy, You Don’t Speak for Me.

Move America Forward does some nice things, like sending coffee
to our troops. It is unfortunate for the families of the almost
2300 killed troops that the organization doesn’t send non-defective
GPS devices, or IED jammers
to save the lives of the troops
that have been put in harm’s way for the politicians’ lies and cowardice
and corporate greed. I think these things would be a little more
useful than coffee.

Move America Forward has every right to exist and to express their
views. However, the organization claims to be “…a non-partisan,
not-for-profit organization committed to supporting America’s efforts
to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our
Armed Forces.” When in all actuality MAF supports George Bush’s
war of terror against the world and against America. And
if Move America Forward is non-partisan, then I am the darling of
the White House.

I truly don’t believe that sending coffee to our troops and putting
yellow “Support our Troops” magnets on cars is supporting the troops.

Coffee is good; I love coffee myself. I just don’t understand how
sending our young and brave people off to die in a war that has
been proven over and over again to be based on lies is supporting
the troops. I don’t understand how cutting the VA budget and closing
VA hospitals is supporting our veterans. I don’t understand how
exposing our brave young people to depleted uranium, white phosphorous
and enhanced napalm is supporting them. I don’t understand how forcing
our troops to use WMD’s (and also conventional weapons) against
innocent fellow members of the human race is supporting our troops.

Deborah Johns is a member of Move
America Forward
and as a mom who has a son in the Marines, is
a vocal critic of mine and has been telling everyone that I don’t
speak for her for months. She in fact is planning a new “Cindy doesn’t
speak for me” event in San Diego where I will be speaking on February
27th at the Thomas Jefferson Law School.

I have news for Deborah and for the rest of America and the world:
I never said I spoke for Deborah, or anyone else.

I speak for Cindy Sheehan. Only Cindy Sheehan.

I expect everyone else to speak for themselves. That is each and
every one of our duties and responsibilities as Americans and human
beings. I wish someone would show me anywhere that I said I ever
spoke for anyone but myself.

Whether Deborah likes it or not, I don’t want her son to die in
this illegal and immoral war. With all my heart and soul, I do not
want her to become a Gold Star Mom: Whether one supports the murder
and mayhem (on both sides), or not, it is not a good thing. As a
matter of fact, it is an indescribably awful and disordered thing
to bury a child. I don’t want anymore Gold Star Moms to be made
by and for the chickenhawks who cower behind their desks and send
other people’s children off to fight their imaginary battles.

Deborah Johns blames “al Qaeda” for our military deaths (including
Casey Sheehan’s) in Iraq! Please, trust me, if I did speak for Ms.
Johns her opinions would be more informed.

Casey was killed on April 04, 2004 by Shi’ite militia loyal to
Moqtada al Sadr in Sadr City, Baghdad. Even George Bush says that
most of the killing in Iraq is done by “Saddamists and rejectionists”
and the terrorists are the “smallest” group: (Speech given by George
Bush in December, 2005 in Philadelphia). There was no al-Qaeda operating
in Iraq before the 2003 invasion by American forces. Saddam had
no ties to al-Qaeda. As a matter of fact, Osama bin Laden is still
on the loose somewhere.

However, Moqtada al-Sadr is another story. He fomented the rebellions
in Fallujah and Baghdad in April of 2004 that killed many of our
troops, including Casey and 11 others on the 4th. He is a Shi’a
cleric who is an Iraqi by birth and citizenship. He is the leader
of the Mahdi Army who killed Casey and so many other American soldiers.
He is one of the 82% of Iraqi citizens who want the US out of Iraq
and apparently one of the 49% who think that it is okay to kill
Americans (recent British Military poll). I don’t think it is okay
to kill Americans, for God’s sake, Casey was killed. But I also
don’t think that it’s okay to kill Iraqis, either. The killing is
continuing because George Bush and his band of criminals invaded
a country that was no threat to the United States of America. Now
the war-profiteering warmongers are forcing our children to occupy
a country that is now (thanks to BushCo) in the middle of a very
bloody civil war. When is it going to stop?

I believe, along with thousands of members of such organizations
as Military Families Speak Out,
Veterans for Peace,
Iraq Veterans Against the War,
and Gold Star Families for Peace,
that supporting the troops means bringing them out of this mess
alive, whole and healthy.

We peace groups are struggling so hard and so tirelessly so that
our brave young men and women will walk off of the airplanes bringing
them home to their families and not be unloaded from the cargo area
in a cardboard box as Casey and so many others have been. Our brave
troops that have been killed meaninglessly and senselessly were
human beings who deserved to have wonderful, long, and productive
lives: not baggage, or cannon fodder for our homicidal, out of control,
misleaders.

 

 

 
 

Accusing the members of our peace organizations of not supporting
the troops is patently manipulative and ridiculously false: we are
the troops; we have children, spouses, and other relatives that
are troops. We love the troops. We support them as we are calling
for their immediate and safe withdrawal.

I encourage Deborah Johns and the others who have their own opinions
and their own voices to speak for themselves…and not advertise who
doesn’t speak for them. I could list thousands…even millions of
people who don’t speak for me, and whom I don’t speak for, but that
is counter-productive.

Please speak for yourselves.

February
27, 2006

Cindy
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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Sheehan Archives

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