I knew it! And thanks to the following article my sense of Casey Sheehan appears to have been right all along. But having my internal feelings confirmed just makes me feel even more dismayed at what low levels grief has caused a devoted Mom to fall. Cindi, you need a grief counselor far more than you need to speak for a second time with President Bush. A few days from now will be the one year anniversary of my Mother's death and this only child has been through hell and back emotionally this year. I had a hard time separating my loss and the frightening thought of facing the world the day after without the one person in my world I knew loved me unconditionally. It took months for me to work through my grief enough to be able to sit down and start reading some of my Mother's letters, journals and personal history she left behind. At first, I could barely get through a paragraph without sobbing uncontrollably, but little by little her words, thoughts and feelings began to penetrate my own anguish. I began to know my Mother in a way I never knew her when she was alive. At first this thought made me even sadder until I came to the realization that it was the way she wanted it. She didn't let me down. She left behind a wealth of advice, guidance and insight, intermingled with wonderful stories of her own memories going back to the early years of the last century. I say to you Cindi, get some grief counseling so that you can bring the focus of that grief back to Casey and what Casey wanted, how Casey felt, what Casey thought. Casey obviously thought America was worth dying for and his actions prove it. Give Casey back his own story. That is the legacy he deserves, not the one you are laying out for him now. No one doubts your grief, no one begrudges you your anger, no one wants to dismiss or belittle the inconsolable loss you feel, but these are the very reasons you owe it to Casey's legacy to carry on his mission, not work against the very thing he believed in enough to give his life for it.
| | From a FrontPage article back in May, here is a little about Casey Sheehan:
While one might dismiss some of Sheehan’s hyperbole due to grief over her son’s death, a little research about Casey Sheehan revealed that contrary to being tricked by military recruiters, Casey Sheehan had re-enlisted in the U.S. Army voluntarily when he was 24-years-old, after serving his first hitch successfully. Casey Sheehan was in fact a hero who received a Bronze Star. He was attached as a mechanic to the artillery division of the 1st U.S. Cavalry in Iraq. When a convoy of soldiers from Casey’s unit was attacked in Sadr City by insurgents, Casey volunteered to join a rapid rescue force to get them out. His commanding sergeant told him he did not have to go into combat, because he was a mechanic and not an infantryman. Casey was quoted telling his officer, “I go where my chief goes.” He was tragically killed during the rescue attempt. The source for this story? Cindy Sheehan herself.
Meanwhile, here's his "grieving" mom:
Sheehan said she considered Lynne Stewart her Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defended an innocent Black man accused of rape in the book and film “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
“They’re not waging a War on Terror but a War of Terror,” she said. “The biggest terrorist is George W. Bush.” She claimed “it costs $66,000 to recruit one soldier, not including training, and $49,000 a year to house a prisoner, yet only $6,000 per year is spent to educate a child in California. (Recruiting costs are actually $15,000 per soldier, the cost of housing a prisoner in California for one year is $26,000.)
Sheehan continued, “9/11 was Pearl Harbor for the neo-conservatives’ agenda” and declared the U.S. government a “morally repugnant system.” Then she raged:
We have no Constitution. We’re the only country with no checks and balances. We want our country back if we have to impeach George Bush down to the person who picks up the dog sh-t in Washington! Let George Bush send his two little party animals to die in Iraq. It’s OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons but we are waging nuclear war in Iraq, we have contaminated the entire country. It’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. Hypocrites! But Israel can occupy Palestine? Stop the slaughter!
So who is this Lynne Stewart That Cindy Sheehan holds in such high regard?
The terrorist lawyer, who billed herself as a “Civil Rights Lawyer and Political Prisoner,” was recently convicted of conspiracy and for passing along fatwas (Islamic religious edicts) from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to his terrorist followers in Egypt’s Islamic Group. Rahman is the blind sheikh responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 that left six Americans dead and more than 1,000 people injured.
Her trial lasted seven months, and the jury deliberated 13 days before convicting her and two co-conspirators, one of whom (Ahmed Abdhel Sattar) was wiretapped making calls to al-Qaeda while the other (Mohammed Yousry) translated messages to be sent to a terrorist leader overseas.
Here's a quote from Ms. Stewart:
We now resume our everyday lives, but we have been charged once again, with, and for, our quests, and like Hippolyta and her Amazons; like David going forth to meet Goliath, like Beowulf the Dragonslayer, like Queen Zenobia, who made war on the Romans, like Sir Galahad seeking the Holy Grail; and modern heroes, dare I mention? Ho and Mao and Lenin, Fidel and Nelson Mandela and John Brown, Che Guevara.
Casey Sheehan would have been ashamed of his mother and her newfound "friends."
Posted by: Reverend Scaramonga at August 17, 2005 09:55 AM