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Volume 71, Issue 6, Monday, August 29, 2005

Opinion

Sheehan an ineffective tool for left

Tyler Nelson
Opinion columnist

Cindy Sheehan has become a media spectacle. The grieving mother of a fallen U.S. soldier has become a tool for the anti-Bush far left. Cindy Sheehan has captured the attention of international media by camping outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, demanding to meet with the president (again) and explain why she feels our troops need to be pulled out of Iraq. 

Here is how Cindy Sheehan justifies her incessant protesting:

"Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a (Project for the New American Century) neo-con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full well that my son, my family, this nation and this world were betrayed by George Bush, who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agendas after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy ... not for the real reason, because the Arab Muslims who attacked us hate our Middle Eastern foreign policy."

While Cindy Sheehan has every constitutional right to protest, there comes a time when this spectacle turns into something shameful. We need to remember that her son was not drafted; he volunteered to go into the army and then re-enlisted in August 2003, five months into Operation Iraqi Freedom. Casey Sheehan also wasn't murdered; he died while defending our country. Contrary to what his mother may feel, Casey Sheehan was not ignorant of the risks he faced. His actions speak much louder than his mother's words.

Cindy Sheehan's alliance with left-wing anti-war groups will only hurt the Democrats in the end. Her ridiculous claim that this war is nothing more than a Jewish plot is absurd. If the Democratic National Committee is smart, it will stay away from any candidate who shares the same anti-war, anti-American views.

The more Americans see of the growing anti-war movement, the more appalled they will be. Leftists now in their 60s remember the marches, the cheering and, of course, the drugs and sex associated with the anti-war movements during Vietnam. What they forget is that it was the reaction against the riots and the protests of the 1960s that delivered the White House to the Republicans for 20 of the 24 years from 1968 until 1992. 

Americans are unhappy with the war because we fear we might lose in Iraq, not because we think we are in Iraq as part of an Israeli plot to rule the Middle East. Americans still remember the 1970s after losing in Vietnam and how bad we felt about ourselves and the United States in general. It wasn't until President Reagan was elected and jogged our memories of the greatness of our country that we regained our pride.

Cindy Sheehan is sadly being used as a pawn by the far left to back an anti-war agenda. Sheehan and the so-called peace movement are the same types who opposed the Afghan war. But it is refreshing that there are many parents of other fallen U.S. soldiers who don't share her extreme views. While their sons and daughters have passe on, they still respect what President Lincoln said during the Civil War when opposition rose against him: "The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

Nelson, an opinion columnist for The Daily Cougar, 
can be reached at tbnveracruz@yahoo.com

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