Pulling No Punches
by Cindy Sheehan
been asked to speak to you for 5 minutes or so. Please forgive me,
but Iím going to take a little more than 8 minutes. The additional
time that Iím going to steal from you is dedicated to my son, Casey,
whose entire future was stolen from him.
son was killed in Iraq on this day one year ago, the same day of
April on which Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. From a jail in
Birmingham, on April 16 1963 Dr. King wrote these words: "We
will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful
words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence...of
the good people." ...end of quote.
the Apostle Paul said this:
who desire to be rich fall into temptation...into a snare that plunges
men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root
of all evil."
years ago, 1975, Gerald Ford was President of the United Sates.
His Chief of Staff was Dick Cheney. His Secretary of Defense was
Donald Rumsfeld. Paul Wolfowitz was heading-up the international
arms-control end of things. All of these positions related directly
to national security. While these men were looking after the nationís
safety, they and President Ford concluded that Iran needed to supplement
its energy system by adding nuclear power. The nuclear energy project
that these men approved would have netted certain US corporations
billions of dollars. Had the Shah of Iran...a blood-bought servant
of US corporate interests...not soon been overthrown by his own
countrymen, the big-wigs at Westinghouse or General Electric...or
perhaps both...would have amassed personal fortunes from this one
project, alone. Some
of the stockholders would have also made bundles on the deal.
1975 my son had not yet been born. Today he is in his grave. Dick
Cheney, on the other hand, is now Vice President of the United States,
and he is materially wealthy beyond what any of us would ever pray
to be. This is the same Dick Cheney who during the months leading-up
to the invasion of Iraq said that Saddam Hussein not only has stockpiles
of Weapons of Mass Destruction...more than a hundred metric tons
of the deadly stuff...but he also said that Saddam Hussein was well-advanced
in developing nuclear weapons and that therefore the US must invade
Iraq and dethrone Saddam Hussein. Clean, quick, and simple according
to Dick Cheney. Yet for some time now he has changed his tune. He
now says...as if he had said it all along...that the US occupation
of Iraq will require years of difficult and sometimes bloody conflict
before it will be stable enough to bring our loved ones home. And
too, rather than speak of Weapons of Mass Destruction, he now uses
the word "democracy" a lot.
there yet an American who can not clearly see that Dick Cheney...whether
it be 1975 or 2005...will say whatever he thinks is required to
ultimately cause wealth and power to move to himself and to his
friends? ...need I defile this holy place with words like "Haliburton"
and "Kellog, Brown & Root" and "torture"
and "US weapons industry"? Indeed, the Apostle Paul is
correct in saying that, ultimately, the love of money leads to ruin
Rumsfeld is again Secretary of Defense. Only yesterday, it seems,
he told the whole world that Saddam Hussein has stockpiles of Weapons
of Mass Destruction.
even announced to the world that he and his generals know where
Saddamís feared weapons are hidden. He announced this only days
before our loved ones risked their lives searching those very areas
where he so confidently said the weapons were hidden.
me, isnít it entirely reasonable for us to assume that those very
places were being surveiled every second of every day and night
until the very moment when our loved ones reached those areas and
began their search? Donald Rumsfeld told us that the search would
net more than a hundred metric tons. Are we to believe that Saddam
quickly assembled a caravan of 18 wheelers and loaded all this stuff
up and hauled it away to some new hiding place...and that US surveillance...the
best in the world....didnít notice any of this happening? Are we
to believe that this administration was, once again, asleep at the
wheel...just as they would also have us to believe that they were
innocently caught off-guard on the morning of September 11, 2001?
implore you to read some of Scott Ritter...write the name down if
you need to: Scott
Ritter. R..I..T..T..E..R. Iím certain that many of you have already
read his work. His work can be found in book stores, or go to Amazon.com.
Read him and you will finally begin to understand that the horrid
price we and the people of Iraq have paid to discover that Saddamís
Weapons Of Mass Destruction had already been destroyed is not due
to any failure at the U.S. intelligence agencies, it is in fact
a validation of U.S. intelligence agencies. Ritter will explain
to you exactly how is was that Rumsfeld was well-informed, by knowledgeable
people within the Intelligence community, that Saddam had been stripped
clean of such weapons, that Saddamís ability to reconstitute such
weaponsí programs had also been destroyed, and that any moves Saddam
might have made in that direction would have been observed and stopped,
there anyone in America who cannot yet see that Donald Rumsfeld
is a liar...that he, as with Hitler and Stalin....will say anything
so long as he thinks it will help shape the world to his own liking?
Is there even one, sane adult among us who cannot see that Donald
Rumsfeld is a threat to our nationís security and to peace on our
Wolfowitz, after months of not finding any Weapons of Mass Destruction....and
after hundreds of US soldiers were killed....my son amongst them....and
after tens of thousands of innocent Iraq citizens were killed....this
same Paul Wolfowitz casually explained....with his kindly charade
and his ever so soft voice...that a decision was made to put forth
"Weapons of Mass Destruction" as the need for the invasion.
Essentially, Paul Wolfowitz admitted that he and his fellow conspirators
had decided amongst themselves "...letís just go with the bit
about Weapons of Mass Destruction. Itís the one thing that will
scare the American people enough so as to cause them to get behind
soft-spoken and sincere-sounding as Paul Wolfowitz is, is there
yet any sane adult in this country whose skin does not crawl when
this murderous liar opens his mouth and speaks? Am I the only person
in this room who clearly sees that Paul Wolfowitz is a threat to
our nationís security...and to peace on our beloved earth?"
years ago these 3 men gave the green light to Iran, allowing companies
to go there and build a 6.4 billion dollar nuclear power facility.
...no doubt the final bill would have been at least three times
that much. Yet Dick Cheney recently said this of Iranís current
intentions to add nuclear power to their energy system: Quote...."They
are already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas. Nobody can figure
why they need nuclear to generate energy"....end of quote.
Did these men not notice, 30 years ago, while they and their cohorts
were being wined and dined by the Shah, that his opulent surroundings
were bought and paid for with oil and gas that was being taken from
the ground beneath their feet? Yet these men agreed, clear back
then, that Iran needed to add nuclear power to their energy system.
It is now 30 years and God only knows how many tens of millions
of barrels of oil, later. Why should we believe these men....who
we know are liars....when they now say that Iranís primary motive
for wanting nuclear power is so that they can make nuclear weapons
with which to destroy us and our allies? Even now, the International
Atomic Energy Agency reports that there is no evidence that Iran
has a nuclear weapons program. The Bush administrations response?
They are trying to oust the agencyís lead inspector, Mohammed al-Baradei.
But who can forget that it was Mr. al-Baradei and the International
Atomic Energy Agency who, during the months prior to the invasion
of Iraq, reported that Saddam no longer had a nuclear weapons programs.
country has been overtaken by murderous thugs....gangsters who lust
after fortunes and power; never caring that their addictions are
at the expense of our loved ones, and the blood of innocent people
near and far. Weíve watched these thugs parade themselves before
the whole world as if they are courageous advocates for Christian
moral values....and for the spread of democracy. Yet we all know
that they are now putting in place, all across this country, a system
of voting that provides no way to validate the accuracy of the counting
of the votes. Our loved ones have been buried in early graves even
as these arrogant thugs parade themselves before the entire world,
insisting that democracy is worth dying for, killing for, and destroying
entire cities for, all the while they are busy here at home overseeing
the emplacement of an electronic voting system that invites fraud
at every turn, an electronic vote-counting system that provides
no way to validate the votes cast, and that, by itís very design,
prohibits recounting the votes.
these men to not see to it that our own system of voting and vote-counting
is accurate, understandable and verifiable...all the while sending
our loved ones to kill and to die so as to establish a democracy
in some far away place......this is just one more staggering piece
of evidence that the US government is now ruled by murderous hypocrites...criminals
who should be arrested, charged appropriately, confined behind bars,
and then tried in a court of law...not only here in our own country,
but also in all the other countries which have suffered their incomprehensible
their secret hiding places, while celebrating newly won fortunes
with their fellow brass, these men must surely congratulate themselves
with orgies of carnal pleasure as they mock the multitudes who are
yet so blind as to mistake them for Godís devoted servants.
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,
and will deliver this speech at a symposium on April 19, 2005, at
the United Methodist Church in Venice, CA.
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