Thursday, August 18, 2005

"Powerful" Doesn't Quite Cover It

Here are the words of a father who lost a son in the war. His eloquence will leave you stunned and choked up...

[[ I lost a son in Iraq and Cindy Sheehan does not speak for me.

I grieve with Mrs. Sheehan, for all too well I know the full measure of the agony she is forever going to endure. I honor her son for his service and sacrifice. However, I abhor all that she represents and those who would cast her as the symbol for parents of our fallen soldiers.

The fallen heroes, until now, have enjoyed virtually no individuality. They have been treated as a monolith, a mere number. Now Mrs. Sheehan, with adept public relations tactics, has succeeded in elevating herself above the rest of us.

His wife adds the most simple, and yet strongest, truth in this whole issue:

[[ "I don't care what she (Cindy Sheehan) says or does. She is no more important than any other mother." ]] (Hmmm... our old media sure doesn't agree with that statement, do they?)


There is much more... and it is REQUIRED READING for all Americans. Go... read it now... then come back.

Please, Lord... let these people be heard.



Blogger Barbara said...

That was a very moving story! And, why does the media stick with a woman like Sheehan, who does NOT speak for most of the parents who have lost a child?

This one sentence stuck out at me like a sore thumb:
"Ms. Dowd is so moved by Mrs. Sheehan's plight that she bestowed upon her and all grieving parents the title of "absolute moral authority."

One of the meanings given for absolute is 'not to be doubted or questioned.' AND, this woman gives this woman that title? For someone who has changed their story, lost a husband due to this, and also a job, I might add, and her kids want her home - how can anyone think that highly of her? I give this to her- she has a right to grieve, but don't put that grief above all that your son held dear; one day, it might come back to haunt you - when you wake up from all the recognition you are given now, and when you are left alone to suffer.

19/8/05 16:42  
Blogger kmg said...

Barbara... you are dead right! The only "absolute" about Cindy Sheehan is "Absolutely Pathetic".

She has crossed too many lines... and it will be the downfall of her "cause"- mark my words!

19/8/05 23:41  

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