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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Cinday Sheehan - The Rosa Parks of the New Anti-War Movement

Check out this diary at dailykos for a massive roundup of stories, editorials, op-ed pieces etc. from around the country discussing Cindy Sheehan's vigil and the thousands of American citizens who are dropping everything to join her in Crawford, TX.

From the Chattanoogan of TN:

George W. can probably safely duck one woman for awhile, maybe forever. But
what if another mother with a son killed in the Iraq War joins Cindy Sheehan?
What if two join? Three? Four? Five? Six? What if some children whose fathers
aren't coming back join the crowd? What if all the people in Iraq who have
needlessly had family members killed by George's actions find a way to get to
Texas? Crawford could start looking like a big city.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The pilgrims flocking to see her, some driving hundreds of miles after
hearing one of the 200 interviews she has conducted this week, are different
from the usual suspects who have been protesting the Iraq war for more than two
years.


There's Rick Green, a 28-year-old trucker from Moody, Texas, who
isn't sure about the war but lost his 13-year-old boy last year. There's
Jonathan Read, a retired hotel executive from Arizona who ditched three days of
golf to come here, donated $4,000 and then offered to pick up all of Sheehan's
meals. There's Tiffany Strause, a 29-year-old computer consultant who arrived
Tuesday from San Diego because it was time to "do something."


Unlike the bullhorn-wielding activists marching down Market Street in San Francisco or the armchair activists on MoveOn.org, Sheehan is connecting with many Americans on the most human level.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"We're all Cindy Sheehan," said [Lietta] Ruger, [from Bay Center, WA] who
plans to stay at the makeshift encampment until Monday. "When I left Seattle
yesterday my 5-year-old grandson said, 'Grandma's going to talk to the president
so Daddy doesn't have to go away again,' " said Ruger, whose son-in-law and
nephew have already served in Iraq.


About 30 people gathered at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle Wednesday evening to support Sheehan's demand to speak with Bush and to protest the war. "This mother has called (Bush) on (his reason for going to war) and we need to support her," said protest organizer Judith Shattuck, a member of Progressive Democrats for America. That organization called for solidarity protests nationwide on the eve of when it thinks Sheehan will be removed from her roadside vigil, Shattuck said.


Teri Barclay, a Duvall mother who works in Seattle, said her son served two tours
with the Marines in Iraq before he was discharged in September 2004. She's been
against the war from the beginning but has grown increasingly angry that U.S.
troops have not had the equipment and supplies they need to protect themselves,
and that the Department of Veterans Affairs has not had the money to properly
help them when they return home. Barclay was especially upset that Bush has gone
on vacation while the nation is at war and men like her son are dying in Iraq.
"Our sons have sacrificed a lot, and where is his sacrifice? Where is his
support?" Barclay asked.


Sheehan's support includes a caravan of people who left Wednesday from Houston to join her roadside encampment near Waco. And some Swedes have even donated portable toilets that were set up outside the Peace House in Crawford.

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