George W. Bush created his war. The republicans then ratified his wishes. The democrats recently voted to continue it.
Last week I wrote, in a previous blog entry, how a majority of the American public still favors funding the war in Iraq although it is, by a wide majority, against that same war. Based on the latest poll numbers, a Democratic Party led Congress voted last week to fund the war as long as Iraqis met certain benchmarks — please let me know if you understand what they are.
Today Cindy Sheehan, the face of the anti-war movement in the U.S. and around the world, hung up her cleats, rightfully frustrated with the hypocrisy of the whole thing. On Sunday, Ms. Sheehan had announced she had quit the Democratic Party because of their continuation of this illegal and scandalous war which claimed one of her sons, Casey.
Alvaro F. Fernandez
What follows is a report by Britain’s The Gardian about Ms. Sheehan’s actions.
Sheehan Quits as Face of US Anti-War Fight
By Dan Glaister
The Guardian UK
Tuesday 29 May 2007
Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq three years ago, said yesterday she was stepping down from her role as the figurehead of the US campaign against the war.
“This is my resignation letter as the ‘face’ of the American anti-war movement,” she wrote in a sometimes bitter diary entry on the website Daily Kos. “I am going to take whatever I have left, and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children, and try to regain some of what I have lost.”
Ms Sheehan, 49, rose to prominence when she voiced her discontent with President George Bush’s policies when he met her and other grieving members of military families.
Announcing her decision on Memorial Day, the anniversary on which the US remembers its war dead, she said that her announcement had been prompted by the recent hostility she had faced from Democrats.
“I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party,” she wrote. “However, when I started to hold the Democratic party to the same standards that I held the Republican party, support for my cause started to erode, and the ‘left’ started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used.”
On Saturday, in an open letter to Democratic members of Congress, she announced that she was leaving the party because she felt its leaders had failed to change the country’s course in Iraq.
She said that the most devastating conclusion she had reached after three years of protest, which included a trip to Cuba and the setting up of a protest camp outside Mr Bush’s Texas ranch, was that her son had died for nothing.
“I have tried ever since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful,” she wrote. “Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months.”